Classical or Freestyle, it doesn't seem to matter much to Farmington's Emma Charles. She continues to have success at the John Roderick Trail System at Black Mountain, skiing the Jr. Sassi 3K in :10:14.4 to capture 1st place on January 27th. It was the second victory for Charles on the storied trails in Rumford, having won the Chisholm Challenge 3K freestyle on January 15th. Zuzia Varney of Portland had the second fastest time, finishing the course in :11:06.1. Farmington Area Ski Team took the next four spots with Brynne Robbins grabbing the bronze medal with a time of :11:29.3. She was followed by teammates Kamryn Joyce (:11:41.7), Bridget Reusch (:11:46.7), and Moriah Reusch (:11:48.5). Also finishing in the top ten were Frannie Freeman and Meribel Collin or Portland, Sanja Hirsch of Maranacook, and Naomi McGadney of Central Maine Ski Club.
David Herr of Canaan, Vt. outdistanced 12 marathoners to capture the championship in the 6th Annual John Roderick Marathon at Black Mountain of Maine on February 3rd. In the women's competition, Alison Chase of Orono, ME completed the 50K course in 2:59:43.6 to capture gold For more information, click here.
Yarmouth High School Senior Sophia Laukli took on the Sassi 5K Women's Classical and a field of 152 skiers and scorched the course, crossing the finish line in :14:25.7 to win the gold medal at Black Mountain of Maine on January 27th. Laukli's time was nearly one minute faster than the next competitor. Taking the silver was Olivia Skillings of Maine Coast Waldorf Academy with a time of :15:25.0. Winning the bronze was Jenny Wilbraham of Morse HS in Bath with a time of :15:58.4. The race on the John Roderick Trail System was the first using the Chisholm Ski Club's new track setter. It was the third race of the day, with the Jr. Sassi 3K taking place earlier in the morning, and the tracks set up well and lasted through the last racer of the day.
The Bates Bobcats, coached by Becky Woods, matched Colby College's record 4th consecutive Chummy Broomhall Cup at their annual winter carnival at Black Mountain on January 16, 2015. The Broomhall Cup is given to the top Maine Collegiate Nordic Ski team based on the combined men's and women's scores in the Classical Races.
Rumford, ME - In the first Nordic Ski Race of the season at Black Mountain Ski Resort on December 27th, Gould Academy skiers Marcus Wentworth and Stephanie Nicols took top honors in the Chisholm Ski Club's Kick In Sprints. These freestyle races consisted of timed 15 second interval starts, followed by quarter, semi, and final heats. Wenworth outdistanced Mt. Blue's Tucker Barber, who took second place in the men's division. Nicols, who had the 8th best time in the qualifying round, which included 107 skiers of both sexes, all ages. In the final heat, she defeated runner-up Julia Ramsey of Mt. Blue.
In the middle school competition, Bethel Outing Club's Eli Shifrin took first for the boys, while the top girl finisher was Emma Charles of FAST. Congratulations to all skiers for a great early season day of competion.
Race Photos are available at RVG Photos, a division of River Valley Graphics.
University of Maine Farmington's Matt Reid chased down teammate Thomas Wing to win the Men's UMF 7.5k freestyle race at Black Mountain on January 21st. Reid's time of 21:24.8 was about 4 seconds faster than Wing, who finished second. Jorday Fried of UMF came in third with a time of 21:37.1.
Mia Corcoran, skiing for Chisholm Ski Club race team, captured the gold medal in the Black Mountain Giant Slalom race held on January 20th. Corcoran bested the rest of the field with times of :36.92 and :35.49. Nya Wolf, representing Sugarloaf Area Ski Team, finished 2nd while Katie Yeaton of the Farmington Area Ski Team captured the bronze. Other top finishers were Madison Papianou of Mountain Valley Middle School, Hannah McMillan of Rangeley, and Sadie McDonough of FAST.
In the boys race, Sam Sherwood of Scarborough had the fastest two-run total of 1:07.27 to take the gold medal. Farmington's Josh Smith, last week's winner of the Chisholm Challenge Skimeister Award, garnered the silver medal (1:09.47) while Killian Marsh of Scarborough earned the final podium position with a 1:11.07 two-run total. Rounding out the top six for the boys were Tyler Smith of Auburn, Charlie Pye of Rangeley, and Spruce Mountain's Reece Davis. Congratulations to all of the skiers.