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The 2019 Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference and the Mountain Valley Conference held their combined league championships on Wednesday February 6th at Black Mountain of Maine in Rumford and on Saturday, February 9th at Titcomb Mountain in Farmington.
Maranacook junior Carter McPhedran claimed the 2019 KVAC Nordic Freestyle Championship at Titcomb Mountain in Farmington with a time of 13:13.2. Finishing in second place in the skate race was classical champion Roy Varney of Leavitt High School, who finished with a time of 13:14.0. Claiming the final podium spot was Maranacook's Gabe Fein, who completed the 5k course in 13:15.3. Sam Smith of Mt. Blue (13:31.5), Luke Bartol of Maranacook (13:32.2), and Mt. Blue's Dom Giampietro (14:03.4) also finished the course with top times.
Emma Charles of Mt. Blue made it a personal Nordic sweep with her victory in the 5k Freestyle. The promising freshman, who won the classial race earlier in the week at Black Mountain, skated across the finish line in 14:46.7 for the victory. Second place went to Brynne Robbins of Mt. Blue, who had a time of 16:49.1. Taking the bronze was Robbins' teammate Chelsea Seabold with a time of 16:51.7. Also finishing in the top six were Maura Taylor of Maranacook (16:53.2), Mt. Blue's Brynne Robbins (16:49.1), and Sadie Skinner of Mt. Ararat High School (17:22.6).
The Maranacook boys and the Mt. Blue girls took the 2019 KVAC Nordic Team Championship honors.
On a blustery day on the slopes of Titcomb Mountain, Mt. Blue's Ellie Pelletier captured the KVAC Slalom Championships with a combined two-run time of 1:21.84. Her gold medal winning performance was the second victory of the championships, with the Cougar senior also victorious in the Giant Slalom during Day 1 of the competition. Taking the silver medal was her teammate Jenna Hanrahan with a combined time of 1:24.24. Earning the bronze medal was Miranda Chadbourne of Edward Little HS with a score of 1:25.98. Rounding out the top six were EL's Courtney Larson (1:27.44), EL's Jordan Cummings (1:27.68) and Ana Baldwin of Hampden Academy (1:28.29).
Robbie McKee, a junior skiing for Maranacook High School, won the boy's slalom championship with a combined time of 1:14.32. Right behind him was Eli Yeaton of Mt. Blue with a combined time of 1:14.90. Taking third place was Mt. Blue's Sam Smith, who completed both runs with a total of 1:16.27. Also skiing well were Oxford Hills junior Jacob Mills (1:16.53), his teammate and GS champion Colby Vandecker (1:16.93), and Edward Little's Christian Beliveau (1:17.93)
The Edward Little girls and the Mt. Blue boys are the 2019 KVAC Alpine team champions.
Titcomb Mountain in Farmington was the site of the MVC Nordic Championships final day of competition which concluded with the freestyle. On the boys side, David Kidd of the dominant Mt. Abram team captured the 2019 MVC Freestyle Championship. His winning time was 14:26.7. In second place was Brandon Hemingway of Mt. Abram (14:27.4) and in third was Dillon Wells of Mt. Abram (14:30.1). Also finishing in the top six were Mt. Abram's Levi Bouchard (14:39.4, Kyle Gunnels of Monmouth Academy (14:51.1), and Mt. Abram's Chandler Rollins (15:03.2)
Sam Allen of Winthrop became the 2019 MVC Freestyle Champion with a winning time of 18:31.0. In second place was Leah Ruck of Orono (18:56.6) and in third was Alice Cockerham of Mt. Abram (19:04.5). Rounding out the top six were Maya Deming of Winthrop (19:33.9), Emily Kidd of Mt. Abram (19:37.4) and Orono's Krista Bass (21:20.3.
The Mt. Abram boys and the Orono girls are the 2019 MVC Nordic Team Champions.
In Day 2 of the MVC Alpine Championships at Titcomb Mountain in Farmington, it was Rangeley High School's Hannah McMillan winning the slalom competition with a combined time of 1:25.61. It was the second victory in a row for the talented freshman, who won the GS race on Wednesday at Black Mountain. Taking second place was Adria Plourde of Spruce Mountain, who finished with a combined time of 1:28.42. Third place went to Mt. Abram's Alice Mackay at 1:28.92. Also having a great race day was skimeister Julia Pomeroy of Spruce Mountain (1:29.44), Abbey Landry of Telstar (1:29.84), and Mountain Valley's Maddy Papianou (1:32.00).
Also winning for the second time in these championships was Maguire Anuszewski of Winthrop. The GS Champion won Saturday's slalom competition with a two-run combined time of 1:22.22. Taking second place on the windy slope was Gage Sampson of Spruce Mountain (1:25.80 ). Also earning a podium spot was Spruce Mountain's Jack Gilbert, whose combined time was 1:26.95. Completing the top six finishers were Gilbert's teammate and brother, Noah Gilbert (1:33.45), Mountain Valley's Aaron Babrash (1:38.10), and Max Ochtera of Telstar (1:40.21).
The Spruce Mtn boys and the Telstar and Spruce Mtn girls are the 2019 MVC Alpine team champions.
The 2019 KVAC Nordic Championships kicked off on February 6th at Black Mountain of Maine with the 5K mass start classical competition. Roy Varney of Leavitt won the KVAC Classical with a winning time of 13:57.5. Gabe Fein of Maranacook was second in 14:05.1 and Carter McPhedran also of Maranacook was third with a time of 14:06.1. Also finishing in the top six were Sam Smith of Mt. Blue (14:24.0), his teammate Dom Giampietro, who finished in 14:55.1, and Maranacook's Bryce Trefethen (15:08.4).
Freshman Emma Charles of Mt. Blue won the KVAC Girls Classical Championship with an impressive time of 15:25.1. Jayden Negley of Leavitt was second, completing the course in 16:44.5 and Chelsea Seabold of Mt. Blue was third with a time of 17:03.7. Day 2 of the KVAC Nordic Championships is Saturday with the freestyle pursuit at Titcomb Mtn. Rounding out the top six were Maura Taylor of Maranacook (17:24.2), Brynne Robbins of Mt. Blue (18:10.8), and Mt. Ararat's Sadie Skinner (18:57.8).
Day 1 of the KVAC Alpine Championships took place on Wednesday, February 6th at Black Mtn with the Giant Slalom competition. Colby Van Decker, an Oxford Hills junior, won the KVAC GS with a combined time of 1:41.96. Eli Yeaton of Mt. Blue was second with a combined time of 1:42.85 and Sam Smith, also of Mt. Blue was third, finishing with a combined time of 1:42.95. Rounding out the top six were Jake Mills of Oxford Hills (1:43.76), Maranacook's Robbie McKee (1:44.25), and Mills' Viking teammate and skiemeister competitor Tommy Bancroft (1:46.59).
On the girls side, Senior Ellie Pelletier of Mt. Blue won the KVAC Giant Slalom with a winning combined time of 1:50.23. Miranda Chadbourne of Edward Little was second with a combined time of 1:51.14. Anna Erb of Maranacook was third with a combined time of 1:52.27. Also having strong races were Mt. Blue's Jenna Hanrahan (1:52.58), Jorday Cummings of Edward Little (1:52.68), and Katie Ide of Maranacook (1:53.12).
The KVAC Alpine Championships conclude on Saturday with the slalom competition at Titcomb Mountain in Farmington.
Cameron Walters of Mt. Abram skied the 5k Classical at Black Mountain of Maine in 15:55.5 to win the Mountain Valley Conference title on the first day of the MVC Championship. On a beautiful February 6th day in what resembled a warm up loop for the Roadrunners, Walters and his teammates captured the top 6 positions to dominate the rest of the MVC pack. 2nd place went to fellow Roadrunner Levi Bouchard, who completed the course in 15:58.8. Taking the final podium position was Dillon Wells with a time of 15:59.3. David Kidd (16:12.6), Brandon Hemingway (16:28.0), and Chandler Rollins (17:01.1) rounded out the top six.
Emily Kidd of Mt. Abram broke away from the pack in the Women's MVC 5k Classical Mass Start to win the MVC Championship on the John Roderick Trail System. The Roadrunner freshman completed the course in 20:04.0 to earn the top podium spot. Her teammate, senior Alice Cockerham took the silver medal, finishing in 20:19.0, while Leah Ruck of Orono came in third with a time of 20:53.6. Rounding out the top six were three Winthrop skiers, Sam Allen (21:20.9), Alexis Emery (22:56.1), and Maya Deming (22:57.8).
On a sunny Day 1 of the MVC Alpine Championships at Black Mountain skiers competed in the giant slalom. On the boys side, Maguire Anuszewski of Winthrop won the MVC GS with a winning combined time of 1:47.53. Gage Sampson of Spruce Mountain was second with a time of 1:55.13, and his teammate Jacob Paradis finished in third with a combined time of 1:56.34.
Rangeley High School joined the Mountain Valley Conference as an associate member for skiing and found immediate success in the girls race, Rangeley freshman Hannah McMillan won the MVC Giant Slalom title with a winning two-run combined time of 1:48.84. Julia Pomeroy, a skimeister competitor from Spruce Mountain, was second with a combined time of 1:54.12. Abbey Landry of Telstar was third with a combined time of 1:54.86. Other top finishers were Adria Plourde of Spruce Mountain (1:55.32), Alice Mackay of Mt. Abram (1:57.95), and Mountain Valley's Gabbie Gallant (2:00.14).
The MVC Alpine Championships conclude on Saturday, February 9th, with the slalom competition at Titcomb Mountain.