February 8: Sophomore Clara White of the Orono Red Riots won the women's 2024 Mountain Valley Conference Freestyle Championship with a finish of 14:58.6 in the 5k mass start race at Black Moiuntain. As White came off High School Hill and onto the next incline, she looked over her shoulder and saw no one in sight. Clara's sister Ruth, the 2023 MVC Champion, came in second place with a time of 16:05.9. Elsa Berghahl of Maranacook earned the final podium spot, coming in third with a time of 16:42.6.
Rounding out the top six were Olympia Farrell (15:63.9) and Harper Olmstead (18:46.3) of Maranacook and Ella Akers of Telstar (19:12.1).
In the men's race, Wyatt Stevenson of Maranacook won the championship, skating across the finish line in 13:46.0. His teammate Silas Bartol took second place with a time of 14:18.8. Coming in third place was Spruce Mountain's Samuel Geissinger, who finished with a time of 15:29.0.
Orono skiers grabbed the final top six positions. Fourth place finisher was Liam Waring, crossing the line in 15:49.6. In fifth place was Evan Gerbi with a time of 16:18.8 while Ben Arsenault came in 6th, finishing in 16:39.9.
White and Stevenson will be leading the pack as the Nordic Championships continue at Black Mountain on Monday, February 12th with the 5k Classical Pursuit.
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