Mallory Raymond crossed the finish line in 10:18.7 to win the 2023 Jr. Sassi 3k Classical at Black Mountain of Maine in Rumford on Saturday, January 28th. Raymond, who skis for Gould Academy in Bethel, won the gold by finishing the course in just shy of 2 minutes faster than the rest of the field. Taking silver was Lillian Smith of Telstar, who had a time of 12:11.2. The bronze medal was won Zaya Irving of Quarry Road skiing in Waterville with a time of 13.07.2.
Rounding out the top 10 were Andrea Gunter of Quarry Road, Ejla Partridge of Oxford Hills, independent skier Harper Olmstead, Hazel Badgett of Quarry Road, Tess Smith of Telstar, Scout Simpson of Farmington Area Ski Team, and Amelie Van Der Meer of Quarry Road.
The Chisholm Eastern Cup at Black Mountain of Maine closed on January 15th with 6 classes competing in the 1.2k Classic Sprint. In the Men’s Open division, Tabor Greenberg of the Green Mountain Valley School advanced to the finals by winning each of his 2 qualifying heats. In the final sprint, Greenberg captured the gold, crossing the uphill finish ahead of his 5 competitors. In second place was his teammate Parke Chapin. The final podium position went to Eastern Massachusetts XC’s Nathan Doughty.
In the Women’s Open class, EMXC’s Evelyn Walton to top honors. She also had won both of her qualifying runs. The silver medal was won by Sofia Scirica of EMXC with Maddie Hooker of Stratton Mountain taking third.
In the Men’s U18/U20 division, Lincoln, Vermont native Joseph Graziadei of Green Mountain Valley took the top podium spot. Finishing in second place was Luke Rizio of Prospect Mountain Ski Club. Third place went to Riley Thurber, also of Prospect.
The Women’s U18/U20 sprint was captured by Crafsbury Ski Club’s Meg Voison. Second place went to Caroline Tarmy of Statton Mountain while the bronze medal was won any Ann Rightmire of Ford Sayre.
The final two sprint races of the day were the U16 boys and girls. Craftsbury skier Sisu Lange skated across the finish line first to win the gold. Lorenzo Atocha of the Green Mountain team took second and third across the line was Charlie Kehler, also of Craftsbury.
The U16 girls completed the weekend of racing with Shaftsbury, Vermont’s Tanis White taking the gold. Leigh Niedeck of Eastern Massachusetts came in second while Lea Perreard of Ford Sayre took the final podium spot of the day.
The Chisholm Ski Club would like thank all of its volunteers, officials, NENSA staff, skiers and parents for a great weekend of competition.
In the final race at Black Mountain on Saturday, David Northcott, skiing for Caldwell Sport, was the fastest across the finish line, winning the Chisholm Eastern Cup men’s U16 5k freestyle in 12:52.7. Gould Academy’s Lucas Barstow won the silver with a time of 13:12.3. Taking the final podium position was Matias Citarella of Green Mountain Valley School, who finished with a time of 13:26.0.
Mary Harrington of the Green Mountain Valley School won the U16 5k freestyle race at Black Mountain of Maine. Harrington won the Chisholm Ski Club Eastern Cup race with a time of 14:412.2. Second across the line was Amelia Circosta, skiing for the Craftsbury Ski Club, with a time of 14:57.0. Circosta’s teammate Clair Serrano came in third with a time of 15:07.6.
The race consisted of two trips around the well-groomed 2.5k trail on the renowned John Roderick Trail System.
Haley Brewster of the University of Vermont captured the gold in the Women’s Eastern Cup 10k freestyle race at Black Mountain of Maine of Saturday, January 14th. Brewster’s time was 27:34.4. Crossing the finish line second was Belmont, Massachusetts native Shea Brams of Middlebury, who had a time of 27:47.5. Third place went to two-time US Olympian Caitlin Patterson of Craftsbury with a time of 28:04.7.
The races continue on Sunday with the 1.2k Classical Sprint beginng at 9:00 am with the men's races. The women are scheduled to begin at 9:45 am.
Ben Ogden won his second consecutive race at Black Mountain on Saturday, January 14th, finishing the 10k freestyle in 22:21.2 to take the gold. The University of Vermont Olympian was followed by Tabor Greenberg of Green Mountain Valley School with a time of 23:16.0. The bronze went to Jacob Nystedt of UVM, who crossed the finish line in 23:18.5. The races continue on Sunday with the 1.2 Classical Sprints beginning at 9:00 am.
The University of New Hampshire’s Jasmine Lyons bested a field of 90 skiers in the Bates Carnival 7.5 freestyle race at Black Mountain of Maine. Lyons crossed the uphill finish line in 20:54.5 to win the gold. Taking the silver medal was Dartmouth’s Ava Thurston with a time of 21:3=25.5. Shea Brams of Middlebury skated across the finish line in 21:58.4 to take third place.