February 6, 2024: It their first year since rejoining the Mountain Valley Conference, the Maranacook Black Bears captured the men and women's 2024 Mountain Valley Conference Alpine Championship at Black Mountain.Leading the way for their men was Thatcher Riley, who took home victories in both the morning's giant slalom and the afternoons slalom. In the GS, he had runs of 55.43 and 54.83 for a combined time of 1:50.26. In second place was Winthrop's Will Grant, who had runs of 55.46 and 56.71 for a 1:52.17 combined time. Mountain Valley's Nate Gallant earned the final podium position with runs of 56.42 and 55.89, good for a combine score of 1:52.31.
In the Slalom, Thatcher had runs of 40.21 and 40.38 for a total time of 1:20.59. Second place went to his teammate Tristin Riley, who had runs of 43.56 an 42.91 for a 1:26.47 combined time. Jaxon August of Winthrop took third with times of 42.93 and 43.68, combining for a time of 1:26.61.
In the women's giant slalom, Jaden Boulanger of Mountain Valley won the gold with runs of 53.33 and 53.45 for a 1:46.78 combined time. Right behind her was Rangeley's Breezy Quimby, who had identical runs of 54.77 for a combined time of 1:49.54. Taking third place was Jaden's sister Lily Boulanger, whose times of 55.32 and 56.32 gave her a combined score of 1:51.64.
In the afternoon slalom, Quimby skied to a first place finish with runs of 43.81 and 44.48, good for a 1:28.29 combined time. Second place went to Maranacook's Phoebe Bell. Bell had times of 44.47 and 45.09 for a total time of 1:29.56. Taking the final podium spot was Ashley Nelson of Spruce Mountain, who has tmes of 45.69 and 46.71 which gave her a combined time of 1:32.40.
The Maranacook women won the MVC Alpine title with a total score of 1549 points. Rangeley took second with a score of 1530. Mountain Valley, the leader after the morning's giant slalom, finished in third with a total of 1494.
The Maranacook men earned their title by having the top scores in both the giant slalom and slalom, finishing with a total score of 1573. In second place was Mountain Valley, who finished with 1536 points. Telstar took third place, scoring 1113 points.
MVC Championship racing continues on Thursday at Black Mountain with the Nordic freestyle mass start at 3:00 pm.
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