The Mt. Blue boys captured the 2018 MPA Class A Nordic Championship on Black Mountain's John Roderick Trail System on February 23rd. This year's event featured a Nordic pursuit race, which was the first of its kind for the state championships. The Cougars finished with 40 points, while runners up Falmouth HS finished second with 57 points.
The individual winner of the men's pursuit race was Portland High School sophomore Liam Niles. Niles started the race just one second behind the Classical Champion Roy Varney of Leavitt and passed him during the first of two laps on the 2.5k course. Varney finished second in the pursuit, followed by Deering High School's Peter Jordan.
The Freestyle race gold medalist was Ethan Livingwood of Falmouth, who skated the course in :13:39.2. Taking the silver medal was Jordan, who crossed the finish line in :13:40.8. Winning the bronze medal was Alfie Walker of Fryeburg Academy with a tiem of :13:56.6.
Leavitt High School's Roy Varney took the gold medal in the 2018 Maine Class A Men's 5k Classical race at Black Mountain on February 22. Varney completed the two-lap course in :15:53.1. Finishing in second place was Liam Niles of Portland HS, who finished in :15:54.5. Grabbing the final podium spot was Peter Jorday of Deering HS, who crossed the finish line at :16:32.6.
Team scores have the Mt. Blue boys with a comfortable lead over Leavitt and Falmouth.
In the women's comtetition, it was Jennifer Wilbraham of Morse taking top honors, finishing the course with a time of :18:46.4. Grace Tumavicus of Deering took the silver medal with a time of :19:15.8. Mt. Blue's Emma Charles took the bronze medal with a finish of :19:37.8.
Races continue tomorrow with the 5k Freestyle pursuit. Races start at 9:00 am with the men going out first.
The MPA Class A State Alpine Championship Schedule has been adjusted due to this week's weather conditions. The times for Day 1 at Mt. Abram have been revised, and Day 2 has been moved to Black Mountain of Maine.
2018 MAINE PRINCIPALS’ ASSOCIATION
SKIING CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULE REVISED 2/20/18
“CLASS A NORDIC”
Start times may be altered only by the Jury.
All coaches will be notified as events are changed or updated. Because of the weather, Thursday's races will use a two-lap, 2.5k course using the lap loop. The exact course will be announced after inspection and trail work in the morning.
DAY ONE: Thursday, February 22 -- Nordic Classical Competition
12:30 a.m. Nordic Coaches’ meeting at Black Mountain, Rumford
2:00 p.m. Girls’ Nordic Classical (Individual 15-Second Interval Start)
3:30 p.m. Boys' Nordic Classical (Individual 15-Second Interval Start)
Nordic Classical Awards will be presented after the girls’ races.
Peter Mamrol, from Anchorage, Alaska and Dartmouth College, won the 5th Annual John Roderick 50k Marathon with a blistering time of 2:10:26.1. Mamrol took the lead early in the long distance race and never looked back. He skated with ease, and seemed as fresh at the finish line as he did at the beginning of the race, although he may argue that point.
The race is recognized as part of the 2016/17 New England Marathon Series and is part of the legendary Chisholm Ski Club's 100th Anniversary Celebration Weekend. The 50k race consited of 9 laps around a 5.3K course. Also included in the day's events were 25K and 15K. The University of Maine Farmington's 15k freestyle was also a division of the race.
Finishing second to Mamrol was Cameribn Cogburn, who completed the race in 2:27:33.7. Taking the bronze with a time of 2:35:17.0 was August Posch, skiing for Team Fuzzy SCARPH.
Alison Chase was the top women's finisher in the 50k with a time of 2:51:35.8.
In the women's 15K UMF race, Alisha Labbe took the gold medal for UMF with a time of 57:39.0. The silver went to Bates College's Sophie Gerry, who completed the course in 1:02:06.4. Rounding out the top three was Bates' Emma Marchetti at 1:04:40.2.
Despite the recent heavy rains, the Black Mountain of Maine and the Chisholm Ski Club were able to salvage both the alpine and nordic courses to provide a great day of skiing in the 2018 Chisholm Challenge. In the initial race of the day, Mia Corcoran, skiing for the Chisholm Ski Club's race team, capture the gold in the girls Giant Slalom with times of :27.03 and 27:82 for a :54.85 total. Corcoran's time was just over a second faster than runner-up Madison Papianou (:56.02). Papianou's first run of :26.80 was the fastest run of the day. Coming in third was Katie Yeaton of the Farmington Area Ski Team. Rounding out the top six were Hannah Macmillan of Rangeley, Emily Harper of Maranacook, and Anna Erb, also of Maranacook.