In an unusual Thursday afternoon running of the 2022 Sassi Memorial Classical, Carson Zundel of Mt. Blue HS edged Mt. Abram's Alex Hemingway by .4 of a second to capture the title. The race at Black Mountain of Maine was a makeup of the race that was postponed on Saturday, January 29th due to a massive snowstorm.
In a race that featured wave starts of 5 skiers, many high school teams took advantage of the opportunity to ski the same course that will be used in the MPA state Nordic Championships next week.
Zundel completed the course that included the infamous High School Hill in a time of 14:03.8. Hemingway, who went out in the first wave, finished in 14:04..2 to win the silver. Yarmouth's Owen Redfield took the final podium position with a time of 14:17.3, just .2 second ahead of 4th place finisher Logan Ouelette of Leavitt (14:17.5).
5th place went to Henri McCourt of Mt. Blue with a time of 14.29.6. In 6th place was Aksel Yeo of Yarmouth with a time of 14:41.0 with his teammate Cornelius Welsh coming in 7th with a 14:55.3 time. Aroostook County skier George Ferland of Caribou HS came in 8th, crossing the line at the 14:55.4 tick. Also finishing in the top 10 were Mt. Abram's Cam Walters (15:04.2) and Max Olmstead of Maranacook HS (15:24.6).