Despite overnight and early morning rains and heavy winds. Black Mountain was able to complete the MPA Class A Alpine Championships on February 18th. Because of the adverse conditions, the jury made the wise decision to just hold one run each of boys and girls slalom.
For the girls, Sarah Hare of Windham captured the state championship with a run of 48:94. Right behind her was Falmouth's Celia Geci with a time of 49.61. Taking the final podium spot was Elizabeth Dieterich of Oxford Hills HS with a time of 50.06. Fourth place went to Ruth Weeks of Greely, who complete the course in 51.71. Sadie McDonough of Mt. Blue came in fifth with a time of 52.58. With a run of 53.07, Vivian Cormier of Mt. Blue captured sixth place. Rounding out the top six were Katie Yeaton of Mt. Blue (53.41), Lydia Phipps of Marshwood (54.97) and Cherverus High School's Maddie Marcisso (54.99).
The Mt. Blue Girls captured the team alpine championship with a total of 1537 points. Freeport/Brunswick came in second with a score of 1429. Also during the awards ceremony, the Gorham HS girls were awarded the MPA Good Sportsmanship Award.
In the boys competition, Falmouth's Andrew Christie added to his GS Championship on Thursday by having
the best run in the slalom to claim the state title. Christie completed the difficult course in 43.84. Taking the silver with a time of 44.39 was Josh Smith of Mt. Blue. Winning the bronze with a time of 45.56 was Tim Teguis of Kennebunkport. Fourth place went to Nick Bancroft of Oxford Hills with a time of 46.42. In fifth place was Caleb Labbe of Falmouth with a run of 48.06.
Sixth place was won by Evan O'Donnell of Edward Little HS with a time of 48.13. Finishing in seventh place was Robert Strong of Freeport/Brunswick with a time of 48.69. Other top ten finishers were Ansel Goode of Freeport/Brunswick (48.79) and Camden Hills' Brit Lafiura, who completed the run in 48.89.
The Freeport/Brunswick team, with a score of 1,491 points, captured the State Alpine Championship. Garnering second place was Mt. Blue with 1,483 points.
The Skowhegan boys were awarded the MPA Good Sportsmanship banner.
Sorry, I didn't get the girls slalom run. Podium photos are free to download.
Falmouth/Waynflete takes Day 1 Lead
Falmouth/Wanflete's Andrew Christie was fastest on the Black Mountain Giant Slalom course on February 17th. Christie had runs of 51.21 and 50.71 for the two run total of 1:41.92 to win the gold in the Men's Class A State Championship. Second place went to Marshwood's Quinn Maguire, who's fast times of 51.59 and 51.12 gave him a two-run combined score of 1:42.71. Taking the bronze medal was Jett Lindelof of Islesboro with runs of 52.71 and 51.89 (1:44.60).
Fourth place went to Josh Smith of Mt. Blue with a combined score of 1:46.97. Taking fifth place was Nolan Dries of Windham, who had a total time of 1:47.13. Skiing to a combined time of 1:47.62 was Falmouth/Waynflete's Porter Bealieu, giving him sixth place.
Other top 10 finishers were Tim Teguis of Kennebunk (1:48.64), Nick Bancroft of Oxford Hills (1:49.69), Sam Goodspeed of Mt. Blue (1:49.87), and Fryeburg's Hogan Bemis (1:49.99).
After the first day of competition, Falmouth/Waynflete held a 752 to 736 lead over second place Mt. Blue in team points. Freeport/Brunswick was in third wih 734 points.
The men will continue their chase for the team state championship tomorrow with the running of the slalom race.
Mt. Blue takes Day 1 Lead
Marshwood High School's Hadley Prewitt won the Women's Maine High School Class A Giant Slalom at Black Mountain on February 17th. Prewitt had runs of 53.64 and 52.19 for a two-run total of 1:45.83 to earn the gold. The silver went to her teammate Lydia Phipps, who had runs of 54.25 and 52.95 (1:47.20). The bronze went to Falmouth's Celia Geci, who skied to times of 54.71 and 55.12 (149.83).
Sadie McDonough of Mt. Blue came in fourth with runs of 54.87 and 55.21 (1:50.08). Greely's Ruth Weeks was the fifth place finisher. Her runs of 55.97 and 55.75 gave her a combined time of 1:51.72. Windham's Sarah Hare came in sixh with times of 55.64 and 56.23 (1:51.87).
Also receiving ribbons for finishing in the top 10 were Khloe Dean of Mt. Blue (1:52.52), Rosie St. Cyr of Freeport (1:52.84, Maddie Marcisso of Cheverus (1:53.04), and Mt. Blue's Katie Yeaton 1:53.72).
The Mt. Blue women held a team lead after the day 1 competition with 769 points followed by Freeport/Brunswick with 738 points.
Competion continues tomorrow at Black Mountain with the women slated to ski the first run of the Slalom at 9:00 am.
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).
Brynne Robbins, skiing for the Mt. Blue High School Cougars, won the 2022 Sassi Memorial Classical 5k at Black Mountain of Maine. Robbins winning time was 16:26.2 to capture the title. Her teammates, Nora McCourt and Moriah Reusch, finished 2nd and 3rd to join her on the podium. McCourt's time was 16:29.0 while Reusch strode across the line in 17:06.3.
Finishing in 4th place was Orono's Mountain Valley Conference Nordic Champion Ruth White, who had a time of 17:19.3. 5th place went to Katherine Garcia of Edward Little (17:31.1) with Cougar Bridget Reusch finishing in 6th (17:32.3). Rounding out the top 10 were Emily Kidd of Mt. Abram (17:53.7), Hannah Grohman of Gould (18:01.6), Nora Condit of Edward Little (18:01.6), and Mt. Blue's Kamryn Joyce (18:13.2).
Orono High School's Ruth White captured the Mountain Valley Confenence Nordic Classical Championship at Sugarloaf Outdoor Center on February 10th. On a day that proved challenging for waxing, White completed the 5k course in 20:37, more than three minutes ahead of the next skier. Emily Kidd of the Mt. Abram Roadrunners was second across the finish line with a time of 23:57.4. The final skier to qualify for a podium spot was Kidd's teammate Autumn Pulk, who has a time of 24:11.0. Finishing in fourth place was Orono's Megan Gerbi (24:11.0), with Ella Allan-Rahill of Orono (26:24.9) and Ella Akers of Telstar (27:08.2) rounding out the top six.
In the men's race Abrahm Geissinger of the Spruce Mountain Phoenix took top honors with a time of 17:15.1. Second place went to Mt. Abram's Alex Hemingway, who crossed the finish line in 17:17.0. Kyle McClellen of Orono took third, striding to the finish in a time of 18:56.0. Rounding out the top six were Cam Walters of Mt. Abram (18:59.5), teammate Jeff Warnock (19:59.0) and Orono's Tommy Owen (20:19.4).
The Orono girls and the Mt Abram boys take the lead after day 1. The MVC Nordic Championships conclude on Satureay at Titcomb Mtn with the freestyle pursuit.
WOMEN TEAM RESULTS AFTER DAY 1
1 ORONO 4 786.0 786.0
2 MT ABRAM 3 581.0 581.0
3 TELSTAR 3 572.0 572.0
4 WINTHROP 3 565.0 565.0
5 DIRIGO 3 556.0 556.0
6 SPRUCE MT 3 553.0 553.0
MEN'S TEAM RESULTS AFTER DAY 1
1 MT ABRAM 780.0
2 ORONO 778.0
3 SPRUCE MT 765.0
4 MT VALLEY 724.0
5 DIRIGO 551.0
6 TELSTAR 187.0
Charlie Pye, skiing for the Mt. Abram Roadrunners, took first place in the 2022 Mountain Valley Conference Giant Slalom Championship at Black Mountain. Pye completed the drop in times of 1:00.71 and :59.38 for a two-run total time of 2:00.09 to take the gold. Right behind him was Joel Tardiff of Mountain Valley, who had times of :89.93 and 1:00.48 for a total of 2:00.39, just 3/10 of a second behind Pye. The final podium position was captured by Daxxtyn Williams, skiing for the Rangeley Lakers. He had times of 1:04.51 and 1:05.03 for a total of 2:09.54. Other top finishers were Pye's teammate Ian Allen (2:12.69), Winthrop's Jaxon August (2:12.74), and Mt. Abram's Aden Richards (2:17.15).
With the strong performances, the Roadrunners lead the Alpine Team Standings with 785 points. The Falcons of Mountain Valley are in second with 772 points, with Rangeley (389) and Winthrop (384) rounding out the team scores.