The Mountain Valley Conference and the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference will again be jointly hosting their Conference Skiing Championships at Black Mountain of Maine in Rumford and Titcomb Mountain in Farmington. Because of the snowstorm on the scheduled first day of competition, the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Skiing Championships that were scheduled for Wednesday, February 7th were rescheduled. The schedule has been reset as follows:
Day 1 of the 2018 KVAC Alpine Championships took place at Titcomb Mtn with the slalom competition. Caroline Burns of Oxford Hills and Eli Yeaton of Mt. Blue are the 2018 KVAC Slalom champions. Ellie Pelletier of Mt. Blue and Audrey Heriz-Smith of Camden Hills were 2nd and 3rd respectively to complete the podium for the girls. Sam Smith of Mt. Blue and teammate Hunter Bolduc completed the Mt. Blue podium sweep in 2nd and 3rd respectively. The Mt. Blue boys and girls have the lead after day 1. Day 2 of the KVAC Alpine Championships conclude on Tuesday with the giant slalom at Black Mtn.
Day 1 of the MVC Alpine Championships took place at Titcomb Mtn with the slalom competition. Allison Acritelli of Spruce Mtn is the girls 2018 MVC Slalom Champion. Abbey Landry of Telstar and Julia Pomeroy of Spruce Mtn completed the podium in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
In the boys competition Maguire Anuszewski of Winthrop took the gold with Curtis Gauvin of Mtn Valley and Jacob Paradis of Spruce Mtn coming in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
The Spruce Mtn girls and boys have the team leads after day 1. Day 2 of the MVC Alpine Championships take place on Tuesday with the giant slalom at Black Mtn.
The Maranacook girls and boys teams took the leads in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference's first day of nordic competition at Black Mountain of Maine on Friday, February 8th. The individual winner for the girls was Meghan Charles of Mt. Blue High School, who grabbed the gold in the 5K Nordic Classical race with a time of :19:01.3. Laura Parent led the charge for Maranacook with a silver medal finish of :19:49.1. Taking the final podium spot was Mt. Ararat's Karlie Leighton with a time of :20:17.1.
Other top 10 girl finishers were Maddie Taylor of Maranacook, Gretchen Huish of Mt. Blue, Maura Taylor of Maranacook, Chelsea Seabold of Mt. Blue, Hajna Nagy of Maranacook, Leavitt's Tamra Benson, and Mt. Blue's Zoe Huish.
Roy Varney of Leavitt High School took the gold in the boys' race with a time of :16:08.0. He was followed by Mark McLaughlin of Maranacook, who finished in :16:33.3. McLaughlin's teammate Luke Bartol won the bronze medal with a time of :16:38.7. Maranacook also took the next two spots with Gabe Fein and Carter McPhedran coming in 4th and 5th respectively. Rounding out the top ten were Sam Stinson of Mt. Blue, Cameron Bancroft of Oxford Hills, Dominic Giampietro, Mick Gurney, and Jesse Dalton, all from Mt. Blue.
Team scores after Day 1 had Maracook girls leading with 20 points. Mt. Blue was right on their tails with 23 points, followed by Leavitt with 59 points. In the boys team standings, Marancook has the lead with 14 points, with Mt. Blue in 2nd place with 33 points, and Leavitt in 3rd with 50 points. Competition continues at Titcomb Mountain on Friday.
In Day 2 Nordic competition at Titcomb Mountain in Farmington, Meghan Charles of Mt. Blue started the KVAC Freestyle Pursuit race over 30 ahead of Maranacook's Laura Parent based on her gold medal performance in the Classical race and extended her lead to take the gold medal in the Freestyle race and the Pursuit. Parent finished second in the freestyle as well as the pursuit. Karli Leighton of Mt. Ararat came in third in both the freestyle and the pursuit.
Maddy Taylor of Maranacook took 4th in both the freestyle and pursuit. Leavitt's Tamra Benson came in 5th in the freestyle and 6th in the pursuit. 6th place in the Freestyle went to Chelsea Seabold of Mt. Blue. Maura Taylor of Maranacook finished 6th in the pursuit.
In the boys competition, Roy Varney of Leavitt took advantage of the large lead he earned with his gold medal finish in the classical race and held of his competitors to win the KVAC Freestyle Pursuit championship. Mick Gurney of Mt. Blue, however, took the gold medal in the Freestyle race with the day's fastest time of :16:09.7. Maranacook's Carter McPhedran won the silver in the Freestyle race with a time of :16:14.8 and moved up to a 4th place finish in the pursuit. His teammates took the next two freestyle spots with Luke Bartol taking the bronze in both the freestyle and pursuit and Mark McLaughlin coming in 4rh in the freestyle, 2nd in the pursuit. Varney finished 5th in the freestyle while Oxford Hills' Cameron Bancroft took 6th. .
The Orono girls, in their first year as an affiliate member of the Mountain Valley Conference in Nordic Skiing, dominated a field of 18 skiers in the 5K Classical to take the Day 1 lead in the MVC team standings on February 8th. Led by gold medalist Liza Gallandt, the Red Riots captured the top 4 spots in the mass start race at the historic John Roderick Trail System at Black Mountain of Maine.
Gallandt finshed the race in :20:27.5. Taking the silver and bronze medals were teammates Leah Ruck (:21:54.4 ) and Becca Gallandt (:22:13.0 ). Orono's Erin Gerbi took 4th in (:22:57.1). Rounding out the top 10 were Winthrop's Sam Allen, Krista Bass of Orono, Mt. Abram's Alice Cockerham, Winthrop's Maya Deming, Danielle Parker of Monmouth, and Boothbay's Sumer Chamberlin.
In the boys' race, Gaelan Boyle-Wight held of Orono's Sam Holt to capture the gold medal with a time of :17:04.1. Holt finished only three seconds behind him, crossing the finish line in :17:07.0 to take the silver. Mt. Abram took a first day lead in the boy's team standings by grabbing the next 4 finishers. Brandon Hemingway led the way with his bronze medal time of :17:59.6. Fellow Road Runners Levi Bouchard, David Kidd, and Dylan Starbird were the next three finishers. Dirigo's Ethan Couture, Dillon Wells of Mt. Abram, Vincent Scott and Damien Nadeau of Dirigo also finished in the top ten.
At the end of the day of racing, Orono girls had a comfortable lead with 10 points with Winthrop in second with 43 points. Boothbay (64) and Mt. Abram (67) were in a tight race for the third position.
In the boys team standings, Mt. Abram has a nice cushion with 18 points, followed by Mtn. Valley with 55 points. Also in the top 4 after Day 1 were Telstar (63) and Dirigo (64).
Racing continues on Friday at Titcomb Mountain in Farmington with the 5K Freestyle Pursuit. The girls race is scheduled to start at 2:00 pm.
Orono High School left their mark on the MVC Nordic Skiing Championships in their first year as an affiliate member of the conference. Lisa Gallandt was the individual champion in the Classical race on Day 1, and followed that up on Day 2, winning the 5K Nordic Freestyle Pursuit race with a time of 19:44.9. Races were held at Titcomb Mountain in Farmington.