Maine's Abigail Streinz outsprinted the other 109 skiers to grab gold in the women's 1.2k Freestyle Sprint at the 2018 Eastern High School Championships at Black Mountain of Maine in Rumford. This was the second event of Day 2, with the competitors having completed a 7.5k Classical race in the morning. The Stockholm, ME native completed the course in 2.53.9 to handily earn the victory. Mae Chalmers of Vermont took the silver in 2:59.78. Vermont's Phoebe Sweet, who had won the earlier race, finished the sprint in 3:00.43 to take the bronze medal.
Rounding out the top six were, Vermont's Callie Young, Laura Appleby of Massachusetts, and Maine's Olivia Skillings.
In a very close battle in the individual points standings, Streinz, Laukli, Sweet and Young are all within 2 points of each other heading into the final day of competition.
Vermont's Ben Ogden won his third event in three tries with a very close victory over New York's Scott Schulz in the men's sprint. Odgen stretched out at the finish to edge Schulz less than a half a second, finishing in 2:19.75. Schulz's time of 2:20.21 gave him the silver, with James Kitch of Massachusettes taking the last podium position with a time of 2:26.23.
Other top finishers were Vermont's Greg Burt, Massachusetts' Oliver Snow, and Vermont's Joshua Valentine.
In the men's individual standings, Ogden leads with 405 points, followed by Kitch with 376, Schulz with 375, and Burt with 374.
In team standings, Vermont leads with 12,400 points, followed by Massachusetts with 9084, New Hampshire with 8821, Maine with 7893, and New York with 6775,
Competition continues on Sunday with the mixed relays, in which teams of 4 navigate combine classical and freestyle skiing in a full-filled conclusion of the weekend festivities.