The 2018 Maine U16 and Eastern High School Championship teams were selected based on qualifying races held at Black Mountain on March 3rd. In the High School race, Olivia Skillings, skiing for the Maine Coast Waldorf School in Freeport, passed Stephanie Nicols of Gould Academy in Bethel to capture 1st place in the Freestyle pursuit. Nicols, who had won the 5k Classical race earlier in the day, finished second. Coming in third was Lily Horne of Freeport High School.
In the High School Boys competition, Ben Alford, representing the Bethel Outing Club won the gold in the pursuit. Alford, who had also won the classical race, led wire to wire. He was followed by Max Bartley, who was skiing as a member of the Outdoor Sport Institute of Caribou. Finishing in third was Luke Bartol of Maranacook High School.
Audrey Heriz-Smith of Camden Hills High School won the KVAC women's giant slalom race at Black Mountain with a two-run combined time of 1:42.62. Jenna Hanrahan of Mt. Blue HS took second (1:46.99) with Hampen Academy's Brea Brown came in third. Rounding out the top 6 were Janiki Pakulski of Maranacook, Jordan Cummings of Edward Little and Maranacook's Katie Ide.
The Chisholm Ski Club, Black Mountain Ski Resort, and NENSA are combining to host the 2016 Qualifying races for Nordic skiers hoping to earn a spot on the Maine teams that will represent our state at Eastern High School Nordic Championships to be held at Rikert Nordic Center in Ripton, VT or picked for the U16 Championships to be held at Black Mountain of Maine in Rumford, ME. This Maine Nordic Team Selection Race will be held at Black Mountain of Maine on Saturday, Mar 5th, starting at 10:00AM. The sole purpose of the Maine Nordic Team Selection Race is to pick the 24 Male and 24 Female Athletes who will represent Maine at the Eastern High School Nordic Championships and at the U16 Championships. Below is the schedule for the day.
On the last day of competition in the 2018 MVC Skiing Championships at Black Mountain of Maine, Spruce Mountain's Julia Pomeroy captured the gold medal in girls giant slalom on February 13. Pomeroy's two-run combined time was 1:47:93 to beat out Alice Mackay of Mt. Abram, who took the silver. Ellie Leduc of Mountain Valley claimed the bronze medal. Rounding out the top 6 were Bailey Coates and Adria Plourde of Spruce Mtn. and Emma Berube of Mt. Abram HS.
With all eyes this week focused this week on this year's MPA state championships, it's important to note that the competitive ski season will continue. On Satureday, February 20th, top high school skiers from around the state will gather at Black Mountain to compete for a chance to represent Maine at the Eastern High School Championships.