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Olivia Rand outskied a field of 19 skiers to take top honors in a women's High School Giant Slalom race at Black Mountain on February 12th. Rand, a junior who skis for John Bapst, had runs of 32..38 and 31.92 for a two-run total of 1:04.30. Taking second place was Rosie St. Cyr at 1:04.94. Jaden Boulanger took third with a 1:05.07. Rounding out the top six were Gabbie Gallant, Bella Devivo, and Courtney Larsen.
In the men's race, Jacob Tyler had times of 30.61 and 29.48 (1:00.09) to capture gold. Second place went to Mario Devivo with a combined time of 1:00.82. Connor Brann finished third with a 1:02.19 combined time. The next three spots were Nick Bancroft (1:02.44), Evan O'Donnell (1:03.88) and Jack Gilbert (1:05.16).
The Chisholm Ski Club and Black Mountain, in conjunction with Nonstop Nordic, hosted its first nodic race of the 2020-21 season on January 30th. The Classical style races were three in number, a 10k Citizens Race, a 5k High School Race, and a 3k Middle School Race.
Division winners in the Citizens Race were Kirsten Miller in the women's 18-29 age division. Miller, skiing for Colby Skiing, finished the 10k course on the Roderick Trail System with a time of 35:00.6. Pownal, Maine's Heather Liimikka won the women's 30-49 division, crossing the finish line in 46:20.4. Tracey Cote took the women's over 50 division in 38:26.7.
In the men's Citizen Race, Will Solow of Waterville captured gold in the 18-29 age division with a finish of 28:40.4. The 30-49 division winner was Justin Fereshetian of Sumner, Maine. His time was 31:15.4. Bruce Condit of Auburn was tops in the 50 and over division, finishing in 38:20.3.
At the completion of the 10k race, middle school skiers from around the state gathered in Broomhall Stadium for the start of the 3k race. Nora Condit of Auburn won the girls race, completing Scotty's 3066m course in 12:53.0. Second place went to Anneliese Collin of Portland with a time of 13:08.6. Lucy Fullerton of Kittery took third place with a time of 14:05.2.
In the boys Middle School Race, Tait Harvey of Cumberland won the gold with a 12:24.3 finish. Zeke Zelonish of Portland came in second with a 12:41.1 time and Auburn's Orrin Slover crossed the finish line in 13:15.6 to take third.
In the afternoon the competition returned to the Paul's 5k course, featuring the high school division skiers, divided into divisions of grades 9-10 and 11-12. The first girls' finisher in the freshman/sophomore division was Annabelle Brooks of Portland, who strided across the line in 17:57.2. Second and third places went to Bridget Reusch of Farmington and Elise Creagan of York.
The winner of the girls 11/12 grade division was familiar podium figure Emma Charles of Farmington, who completed the 4960m course in 15:57.5. Eliza Skillings of Gould Academy came in second at 17:18.3, while third place went to Brynne Robbins of Vienna with a time of 17:39.7.
In the high school boys race, Gould Academy's Eli Shifrin was the first across the line in 14:34.4. Ellis Slover of Lewiston was second at 14:52.9. Benjamin Condit fo Auburn took third with a time of 15:20.8
In the older division, Nate Livingood, skiing for Gould Academy, captured gold with a time of 14:03.2. Close behind him was Oakland's Caden Cote with a time of 14:16.9. Taking the final podium spot was Cumberland's Leif Harvey with a time of 14:36.5.
Special thanks to all the volunteers who helped make this race a success.
The next race in the series is the Born to Ski Freestyle Race at Pine Hill Trails in Bethel, Maine on February 6th.
In the initial race at Black Mountain this season, Anna Erb and Sam McKee came away victorius in the High School Giant Slalom on January 29th. Erb, skiing for Maranacook HS, had times of 33.96 and 34.08, a total time of 1:08.04 to grab the victory. Edward Little's Courtney Larson was second with a total time of 1:11.99. Third place went to Erb's teammate Ella Delisle at 1:13.85. Taking the next three spots were Maranacook's Meghan Mahoney, Mt. Blue's Katie Yeaton, and Abigail Williams of Camden Hills.
In the boys race, Sam McKee of Maranacook took top honors with runs of 31:88 and 31.56 for a 1:03.44 total time. Mt. Blue's Josh Smith came in second with a total of 1:04.28. Heff Lindlehoff of Islesboro was third with a 1:06.62 total. Rounding out the top six were Jack Kearing of Mt. Blue, Emerson Brott of Camden Hills, and Mt. Blue's Xander Gurney.
Jordan Fields, skiing for Lyme Elite out of Lyme, New Hampshire, captured gold at the 9th annual John Roderick Marathon race, completing the 25k race in 38:12.1 at Black Mountain of Maine in Rumford on Saturday, February 13. Fields scorched the 5 lap race nearly 5 minutes ahead of runner-up Nick Trautz of Hebron, Maine. Trautz crossed the finish line in 43.08.8. Third place went to Gaelan Boyle-Wight of Newry, ME, who finished in 43:08.8. Keith Kantack of Freeport came in fourth with a time of 43:19.2. Fifth and sixth places went to Spencer Egan and Dennis Page, respectively.
In the 15k freestyle, Samuel Robinson of Freeport won the men's race with a time of 47:14.0. Second place went to Felix Battle of Brunswick, who had a time of 49:40.4. Skiing for the Bethel Outing Club, Peter Howe crossed the line in 52:48.3 to take third place.
The women's 15k was a dead heat, with Jillian Wight and Jane Dawson, both of Freeport, each finishing with times of 58:38.8. Finishing in third place was UMaine Farmintgon's Francis Mullein, who had a time of 1:08:40.3
Gould Academy's Nate Livingood was the first out of the stadium and never looked back as he to a first place finish in the 2021 Sassi Memorial 5k Classical on Saturday morning, February 20th at Black Moiuntain. Livingood's skied the Paul's 4960m course in 13:18.8 to take the gold. In second place was Nate's teammate Eli Shifrin, who crossed the finish in 13:48.0. Third place went to another Gould skier, Utah Bean, who had a time of 14:08.4. Carson Zundel of Mt. Blue took fourth place at 14:43.1. Maranacook's Max Olmstead was fifth, finishing in 14:44.6, while Alex Hemingway of Mt. Abram had the sixth best time at 14:55.1.
In the afternoon the attention switched to the girls skiers and they didn't disappoint. Once again it was a Gould Academy skier crossing the finish line first, with Eliza Skillings first across the line, taking the gold with a time of 16:13.8. Second place went to Sierra Aponte-Clarke of Deering with a time of 16:45.1. The final podium spot was won by Annabelle Brooks of Cheverus with a 16:49.6 time. Finishing in fourth was the 2020 Sassi Champion, Falmouth's Evea Clement. Eva's time was 16:51.5, which was just 1 second behind her 2020 time. Rounding out the top six was Maddie Marston of Yarmouth, who finished with a time of 17:41.8.
The Mt. Blue women captured the 2021 KVAC Alpine Championship on March 4th at Black Mountain. In the slalom, Oxford Hills' Liz Dieterich came in first with runs of 50.69 and 50.66 for a 1:41.35 two-run total. Second place went to Anna Erb of Maranacook, whose total time was 1:44.74. Finishing in third place was Courtney Larson of Edward Little, who had a total time of 1:44.91. Rounding out positions 4-6 were Bella Devivo of Oxford Hills (1:45.95), Sadie McDonough of Mt. Blue (1:46.24), and Camden Hills' Abigail Williams (1:49.43).
In the afternoon slalom event, the women battled wind gusts, Dieterich was again the fastest skier with runs of 50:61 and 48.38 for a total of 1:38.99. Larson moved up a spot to take second place, finishing her two runs at 1:42.83. Katie Yeaton of Mt. Blue took third with a 1:43.89 time. Also finishing in the top six were Devivo (1:44.77), McDonough (1:45.36) and Camden's Lily Stowe.
Fnishing with top team scores were Mt. Blue with 1,542 points, Maranacook at 1,488 points and Camden Hills with 1, 483.
The KVAC men will hold their alpine championship at Black Mountain on Tuesday, March 11th.
The Rangeley women's alpine team, skiing as an associate member of the Mountain Valley Conference, captured the 2021 MVC Alpine Championship at Black Mountain on March 3rd. In the Giant Slalom, the individual champion was Mountain Valley's Jaden Boulanger with runs of 58.80 and 58.50 for a two-run total of 1:57.50. Rangeley depth was the deciding factor in the team championship. The Lakers' Ameila Stokes finished second with a total time of 2:00.46. Third place went to Gabbie Gallant of Mountain Valley at 2:00.66, but she was the final Falcon scorer.
Rangeley took the next 3 scoring positions, with Bristol Quimby (2:01.30), Mya Laliberte (2:03.45), and Breezy Quimby (2:04.23) finishing 4,5, and 6 respectively.
In the afternoon, the attention turned to the slalom event, with 5 of the top 6 finishes belonging to Rangeley. Breezy Quimby captured the gold with times of 47.20 and 47/98 for a two-run total of 1:35.18. Her teammates Amelia Stokes (1:37.39) and Jutumn Williams (1:38.38) captured the silver and bronze. Rounding out the top 6 were Gabbie Gallant (1:47.08), Mya Laliberte (1:47.46), and Jaxyson Haley (1:51.06) of Rangenley.
The team scoring had Rangeley at the top with 1,580.0 points, Mountain Valley with 595.0 points, Mt. Abram with 578.0, and Spruce Mountain with 383.0.
In the men's Giant Slalom, Mountain Valley HS again had the individual champion with Nate Gallant recording times of 58.03 and 59.84 for the 1:57.87 two-run total. Fellow Falcon Joel Tardiff finished in second place with a total time of 2:01.05. The 3rd spot went to Daxxton Williams of Rangeley with a total of 2:07.30. Spruce Mountain's lone male skier, Jack Gilbert, took 4th place with a 2:08.85. Rangeley's Tucker MacFawn came in 5th with a score of 2:10.60. Mt. Abram then took 5 of the next 6 spots with Tre Pease, Ian Allen, Aden Richards, and Sulley Butler all scoring for the Roadrunners.
In the slalom event, Rangeley's Charlie Pye bounced back with a gold medal effort to record times of 46;43 and 48.25 for the total of 1:34.68. Teammate Sully Butler was second with a two-run total of 1:42.45. 3rd place went to Nate Gallant with a 1:42.89 total. Other top 6 finishers were Daxxton Williams (1:44.16), Tre Pease (1:44.30), and Joel Tardif (1:50.43).
Once again depth and consistant skiing proved to be the deciding factor as Mt. Abram captured the Men's Alpine Championship with 1,551.0 points. Second place went ot Mountain Valley with 1,179.0 points. Rangeley finished in 3rd place with 1,170.4 points, with Spruce Mountain rounding out the scoring with 389.0 points.
The Nordic teams will continue the competition at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center on Tuesday, March 9th.