The 2018 Maine U16 and Eastern High School Championship teams were selected based on qualifying races held at Black Mountain on March 3rd. In the High School race, Olivia Skillings, skiing for the Maine Coast Waldorf School in Freeport, passed Stephanie Nicols of Gould Academy in Bethel to capture 1st place in the Freestyle pursuit. Nicols, who had won the 5k Classical race earlier in the day, finished second. Coming in third was Lily Horne of Freeport High School.
In the High School Boys competition, Ben Alford, representing the Bethel Outing Club won the gold in the pursuit. Alford, who had also won the classical race, led wire to wire. He was followed by Max Bartley, who was skiing as a member of the Outdoor Sport Institute of Caribou. Finishing in third was Luke Bartol of Maranacook High School.
Audrey Heriz-Smith of Camden Hills High School won the KVAC women's giant slalom race at Black Mountain with a two-run combined time of 1:42.62. Jenna Hanrahan of Mt. Blue HS took second (1:46.99) with Hampen Academy's Brea Brown came in third. Rounding out the top 6 were Janiki Pakulski of Maranacook, Jordan Cummings of Edward Little and Maranacook's Katie Ide.
On the last day of competition in the 2018 MVC Skiing Championships at Black Mountain of Maine, Spruce Mountain's Julia Pomeroy captured the gold medal in girls giant slalom on February 13. Pomeroy's two-run combined time was 1:47:93 to beat out Alice Mackay of Mt. Abram, who took the silver. Ellie Leduc of Mountain Valley claimed the bronze medal. Rounding out the top 6 were Bailey Coates and Adria Plourde of Spruce Mtn. and Emma Berube of Mt. Abram HS.
Maine High School Shootout
February 25, 2018
Race has been pushed back one day due to rescheduling of State HS Alpine meet
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Race Date: February 24, 2018
Host: Black Mountain of Maine
Event: Giant Slalom & Slalom
Start Time: 0900hrs (9:00am)
Milan Kubala of Stowe, Vt. captured the inaugural Black Midwinter SkiMo Classic at Black Mountain on Saturday, February 10, 2018. The event, which was part of the Winterfest Weekend, involves strapping climbing skins on skis to climb up the mountain before removing them to ski back down. Kubala, who was competing in a group of 5 skiers in the USSMA Certification Division, completed the 4 laps in 1:29:10,8 to capture the gold. Alton, New Hampshire's Josh Flanagan edged out Abraham Meyehofer of Weare, NH. Flanagan's time of 1:35:16.9 was about 6 seconds ahead of Meyehofer, who finished in 1:35:22.7.
Rumford, ME - Monmouth Academy's Ehtan Thombs outskated a small field of 14 skiers to take first place in Black Mountain's 5K Freestyle race on January 5th. The race consisted of two laps of an excellently groomed 2.5K course. Trailing Thombs was Dirigo's Justin Cantin and Camden Hills' Marley O'Neil.
In the girls race, Edward Little's Tyne Finnerty edged teammate Kirsten Main by .3 seconds to earn the victory. Finishing third was Nicole Whitman of Dirigo.
Race photos are available at https://rivervalleygraphics.smugmug.com/Skiing/Jan-5-2017-5K-Freestyle.