NENSA U16 Championships
March 11-13, 2016
Pine Hill, Bethel ME
The NENSA U16 Championships, originally schedule to be held at Black Mountain Ski Resort, were moved to Gould Academy's Pine Hill Ski Trails in Bethel, Maine due to unusually warm and wet conditions. The evergreen lined trails were able to survive the last season's heavy rains and warm weather, thanks in great part by the volunteers who worked tirelessly to prepare the trails, ensuring the event was not cancelled.
On Friday, Abigail Streinz of Hersey, Maine was the first finisher in the girls' 5K Freestyle, finishing the course in16:26.5. Taking the silver was Madeline Kitch or Belmont, Massachusetts, who completed with a time of 16:35.0. Earning the bronze was Mid West's Leah Rudd with a time of 16.49.9.
In the boys 5K Freestyle, the gold went to Joshua Valentine, skiing for New Hampshire. His tme of 14:20.9 was 15.2 seconds faster than Matthew Moreau of Falmouth, ME, who took second. Crossing the line in third place was Vermont's Baxter Bishop with a time of 14:48.8.
On Saturday the competition moved to the 5K classical. With a time of 16:39.1, Norwich, Vermont's Perrin Milliken took the gold in the women's race. Madeline Kitch scored her second silver with a time of 16:39.8, while Eilidh McKinnon of Center Conway, NH won the bronze in 16:55.1.
New Hampshire's Valentine took his second gold medal in the boys' 5K classical, finishing in 12:34.5. Oliver Snow of Weston, MA earned his first medal, capturing the silver with a time of 12:50.9. Less than thirteen seconds behind him was bronze medalist Thomas Hussey, skiing for Vermont.
1.2K Classic Sprint
On Saturday afternoon, racers competed in the 1.2K Classical Sprint. Vermont's Milliken completed a sweep for the day, earning her second top finish with a 5:48.88 time. Johanna Bandler of Norwich, Vermont took silver with a time of 5:54.33. Kasia Bedarski of Minneapolis, Minnesota crossed the line in 5:58.62 to win the bronze.
Vermont took the top two spots in the boys Classic Sprint. Nathan Smoller took gold, finishing in 4:50.84 while teammate Hussey took his second medal, completing the course in 4:55.82. New Hampshire's Josh Valentine added to his medal total with a bronze, crossing the line in 4:55.88.
1.2K Freestyle Sprint
The final day of competition concluded with Sunday's 1.2K Freestyle Sprint. Maine's Abigail Streinz captured her second gold medal, sprinting to a 4:48.39 finish. Girls 1.2K Freestyle Sprint. Berdarski grabbed the silver with a time of 4:52.36 while Leah Rudd's time of 4:54.31 was enough to earn her the bronze for Massachusetts.
In the boys sprint, Maine's Moreau earned his second medal, taking the gold with a 3:55.75 finish. With a 3:55.85 finish, Massachusetts' Oliver Snow grabbed his second silver medal. New Hamshire's Valentine earned his third podium finish, taking the bronze with a 4:00.63 finish.