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Jeff Knight and Crew Rise to the Occasion 

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What do you do when you are scheduled to host a State Championship Nordic Weekend with all high schools in the State of Maine and over 300 skiers participating and Mother Nature throws you a challenge? You call on Black Mountain's Jeff Knight and crew to take on the challenge and groom the John Roderick Trail System to a safe and  competitive venue. On the night before the competition was to begin, Black Mountain in Rumford received a sustained overnigdan warner head shotht downpour with temperatures reaching near 60º on race day. That was the first challenge for the crew commissioned to set tracks for the classical races that were to be held on opening day of the competition. 

And set the tracks they did. Even so, with the temperatures as high as they were, inevitably there was some standing water in parts of the course. Adding salt to the wound was the weather forecast that was predicting a drastic temperature drop and gale force winds overnight. At the coaches meeting on Day 1, TD Dan Warner made the wise decision to eliminate "High School Hill" on Day 2 because it would be "just too fast". The coaches all agreed with that decision. It would be safe to assume that the coaches had some trepidation about the ability to transform water and eventually ice to a safe skiable course.

Roger Arsenault 500But, after a successful Day 1, the race crew met with Jeff Knight to devise a plan for Day 2. After the competition, Chief of Competition Roger Arsenault stated "We talked with Jeff last night to form a plan for grooming today and we trusted he and Rob to pull it off. They more than exceeded anything we could have imagined." He added, "We finished a heck of a season in style today. Even though yesterday was a challenge for everyone, no one complained. No one expected to get what they got today. The look on everyone's face today was priceless. The real heroes today were Jeff, Landan and Robb. Dan said it best and I echo him in that without their effort and skill, we would have been dead."

Skiers and coaches were pleasantly surprised, perhaps even shocked, to see the transformation that had taken place overnight. Not only was there no water or ice, the 5k course was groomed to a perfect surface for the freestyle pursuit race that was to occur on Day 2. Leavitt Coach and Maine Principals Association liaison Dustin Williamson wrote, "I would like to thank all of the Chisholm Ski Club members and to Black Mtn for hosting a very successful MPA Class A/B/C Nordic Championships.  The club and the mountain went above and beyond to make sure that the state meet was safe, fair, successful, and simply the best for every racer.  There were several worries about how the snow conditions would be with the crazy weather but everything was fantastic.  I am very grateful and appreciate all of the work that went into hosting the championships."3k Signacade 200
 
Mt. Abram Nordic Coach Buzz Bean wrote, "Thanks for another great race. Your team always puts on a world class event!" High praise indeed.
 
Among the many CSC member crews that skillfully do their "jobs" to make for a successful race day, none have more responsibility that the timing crew, headed by Bob Arsenault. Roger states, "The pursuit is a fun race but needs a great crew and a lot of planning. Timing and scoring was in Bob and Randy's  (Easter) and their team's hands. Not many know what goes into hosting and scoring these events. What they do is hand the MPA scoring and results fast."
 
Thanks to everyone for all their help and doing their jobs perfectly.

 

Mt. Blue Girls and Boys are State Champs

33715 2022 MPA Maine State Nordic Skiing Championships 300 232The 2022 MPA Class A Nordic State Championships concluded today at Black Mtn witn the freestyle pursuit.  After a classical day of 60 degrees, it was fast and cold for the freestyle. 

On the girls side, Emma Charles is the 2022 Class A Freestyle State Champion.emma charles freestyle  Her winning time was 12:56.5.  Brynne Robbins of Mt Blue was second with a time of 14:03.3 and Megan Cunningham of Deering was third with a time of 14:08.8. 

On the boys side, Joey Rouhana of Falmouth is the 2022 Class A Freestyle state champion.  His winning time was 11:34.8.  Ryan Gray of Falmouth was second with a time of 11:46.4 and Henri McCourt of Mt Blue was third with a time of 12:03.0. 

joey rouhana freestyleThe Mt Blue girls and the Mt Blue boys are the 2022 MPA Class C Nordic State Champions.  Deering and Cheverus girls tied for runners-up and the Portland boys were second.  Emma Charles and Joey Rouhana are also the 2022 Class A Pursuit State Champions.   Also congratulations to the Greely girls and to the Greely boys for receiving the MPA Sportsmanship award.  RESULTS 

Maranacook Girls and Yarmouth Boys are State Champs

33715 2022 MPA Maine State Nordic Skiing Championships 300 232The 2022 MPA Class B Nordic State Championships concluded today at Black Mtn kayley bellwitn the freestyle pursuit.  After a classical day of 60 degrees, it was fast and cold for the freestyle.  On the girls side, Kayley Bell of Caribou is the 2022 Class B Freestyle State Champion.  Her winning time was 14:20.9.  Emma Haims of Maine Coast was second with a time of 15:06.6 and Ali Dening of Leavitt was third with a time of 16:14.4. 

owen redfieldOn the boys side, Owen Redfield of Yarmouth is the 2022 Class B Freestyle state champion.  His winning time was 12:02.6.  Max Olmstead of Maranacook was second with a time of 12:05.9 and George Ferland of Caribou was third with a time of 12:10.1. 

The Maranacook girls and the Yarmouth boys are the 2022 MPA Class C Nordic State Champions.  Leavitt girls and the Freeport boys were second. Kayley Bell of Caribou and Logan Ouellette of Leavitt are also the 2022 Class B Pursuit State Champions. 

Also congratulations to the Leavitt girls and to the Leavitt boys for receiving the MPA Sportsmanship award.  RESULTS 

 

Fort Kent Girls and Mt Abram Boys are State Champs

33715 2022 MPA Maine State Nordic Skiing Championships 300 232The 2022 MPA Class C Nordic State Championships concluded today at Black Mtn witn the freestyle pursuit.  ruth whiteAfter a classical day of 60 degrees, it was fast and cold for the freestyle. 

On the girls side, Ruth White of Orono is the 2022 Class C Freestyle State Champion.  Her winning time was 15:03.2.  Nancy Martin of Fort Kent was second with a time of 15:43.3 and Rowan Tanguay also of Fort Kent was third with a time of 15:45.1. 

luke streinzOn the boys side, Luke Streinz of Southern Aroostook is the 2022 Class C Freestyle state champion.  His winning time was 11:59.0.  Abrahm Geissinger of Spruce Mtn was second with a time of 12:08.1 and Alex Hemingway of Mt Abram was third with a time of 12:34.1. 

The Fort Kent girls and the Mt Abram boys are the 2022 MPA Class C Nordic State Champions.  Waynflete girls and the Fort Kent boys were second.  Ruth White of Orono and Alex Hemingway of Mt Abram are also the 2022 Class C Pursuit State Champions.  Also congratulations to the Orono girls and to the Waynflete and Ashland boys for receiving the MPA Sportsmanship award.   RESULTS 

mpa colored logoMt. Blue's Emma Charles won the opening race of the Maine Principals Association's State Nordic Championships at Black Moutain of Maineemma charles classical on February 23rd. With temperatures in the 50's and a steady rain the night before the race, the course was challenging for course grooming, waxing, and skiing. Despite all that, the 5k Classical Race was a good one, with Charles continuing her success on the John Roderick Trail System, fihishing the course in 18:40.3. The Cougars dominated with events, with Charles and her teammates taking 5 of the top 6 positions.

Mt. Blue's Brynne Robbins second place time was 19:47.4. Teammate Moriah Reusch will also be on the podium as she crossed the finish in 20:22.2. Cougar Nroa McCourt came in fourth with a time of 20:38.6. Leska Whitmarsh of Cheverus High School broke the streak, finishing the race in 20:39 to take 5th place. Bridget Reusch of Mt. Blue took 6th with a time of 20:43.1. 

Tomorrow's race in a 5k Freestyle Pursuit, with Charles starting out 1 minute 7.1 seconds ahead of Robbins and the rest of the skiers, who will be in pursuit. The course has been changed from today's course, eliminating "High School Hill" in anticipation of icy and fast conditions. Charles is schedule to leave the stadium at 11:00 am.

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Kayley Bell of Caribou High School was crowned the 2022 Class B Girls Nordic Classical Champion at Black Moutain on February 23. kayley bell classicalBell strode across the finish line with a time of 22:13.1 5 to win the title, beating a field of 43 "B" skiers. Taking second place was Emma Haims of Maine Coast Waldorf School with a time of 22:29.7. Third place was won by Elsa Bergdahl of Maranacook HS with a time of 22:37.2.

Leavitt High School Jade Haylock took 4th place with a time of 23:18.5, followed by Freeport High Schools Jillian Wight with a time of 23:24.2. Rounding out the top six was Presque Isle High School's Lacey Jandreau, who finish the soft 5k course in 23:43.7.

The competition continues tomorrow with the 5k Freestyle Pursuit with the B girls going out at 10:30 am.

 

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Orono High School's sophomore sensation Ruth White completed the 5k Classical course at Black Mountainruth white classical in 21:10.6 to win the Maine High School Class C Championship February 23rd. The diminuative White earlier in season captured the Mountain Valley Conference. Second place went to Mt. Abram High School's Emily Kidd. Kidd finished with a time of 22:04.7. In third place was Fort Kent HS's Rowan Tanguay, who crossed the line in 22:43.6.

Coming in 4th place was Sarah Morgan of Waynflete, who finished in 23:00.8. 5th place was won by Annabelle Reardon of Fort Kent with a time of 23:26.2. Julia Wener of Waynflete came in 6th with a time of 23:33.3.

White will lead a group of 40 skiers tomorrow in the freestyle pursuit beginning at 10:00 am.

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Leavitt High School's Logan Ouellette was the fastest Class B skier on the logan ouellette classicalJohn Roderick Trail System in the MPA Nordic Classical Championship. The 5k race at Black Mountain of Maine on the balmy day saw Ouelette complete the challenging course in 18:08.1 to take the Gold Medal. The Silver Medalist was Sam Robinson of the Freeport Falcons, who was right behind Ouelette, finishing in 18:10.7. The Bronze Medal was captured by Yarmouth High School's Askel Yeo with a time of 18:37.6.

In 4th place, with a time of 18:54.8 was Cornelius Welsh of Yarmouth. Michael Sweeney was the first Patriot of Gray-New Gloucester HS to cross the line, taking 5th place with a time of 18:58.5. Robinson's teammate T Steverlynck-Horne took 6th, finishing in 19:02.2.

That sets up an exciting race for tomorrow, as Ouellette will be the first out in the 5k Freestyle Pursuit, with Robinson starting just 2.6 seconds behind him. Expect faster conditions with the anticipated colder temperatures. Scheduled start is 12:00 noon.

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mpa colored logoJoey Rouhana of Falmouth High School won the 2022 MPA Class A Nordic Classical Championship at Black Mountain of Maine on February 23rd. Rouhana Navigated to soft 5k course in 16:37.3 to win the gold. The silver medal went to Mt. Blue Cougar Carson Zundel with a time of 17:32.3. Taking the bronze and the final podium position was Zundel's skimate Henri McCourt, who crossed the line at the 17:46.9 mark.joey rouhana classical

Falmouth's Ryan Gray took 4th place with a time of 18:05.7. Right behind him was Portland High Schooler George Threall, who finished in 18:11.5. Rounding out the top 6 was Cougar Josh Smith with a finish of 19:03.9. 

Racing will continue tomorrow as the field of 67 skiers will be chasing Rouhana in the 5k Freestyle Pursuit. This group will be the last ones out, with a scheduled start of 12:30 pm. Because of the anticipated hard and fast course, the race organizers have eliminate the infamous "High School Hill".

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Alex Hemingway of the Mt. Abram Roadrunners alex hemingway classicalcaptured the 2022 Class B Boys Classical Championship at Black Mountain on a warm February 23rd day. Hemingway completed the tough 5k course in 17:08.1. over a minute faster than the next competitor. Earning that second spot was Abrahm Geissinger of Spruce Mountain High School with a time of 18:14.5. Third place went to Luke Streinz of Southern Aroostook HS. Streinze crossed the line at the 18:28.2 mark.

4th place was captured by Waynflete's Henry Wagg with a time of 19?38.7. Right behind Wagg was Hemingway's teammate Jeff Warnock, who had a time of 19:46.0. Taking 6th place was fellow Roadrunner Cameron Walters with a finish of 19:51.8.

Hemingway will lead a field of 46 Class C skiers in tomorrow's 5K Freestyle Pursuit in a 11:30 am scheduled start.

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