Ruth White of Orono High School led the Red Riots to the 2021 MVC Nordic Championship with a clean sweep of both the Classical and Freestyle events at Sugagrloaf Outdoor Center on March 9th.
White skied the 5k Classical Course in 18:50.1 to take the gold. Mt. Abram's Julie Wells was second with a time of 19:00.0 while her teammate Emily Kidd took the bronze medal with a time of 19:03.2. Rounding out the top six were Julia White of Orono (21:32.1) and teammate Rebecca White (22:17.8) and Winthrop's Phoebe Dow.
In the afternoon, the course was groomed for the 2.5k Freestyle race. This time Ruth White skated to a time of 8:24.4 to take the gold. The silver medal went to Emily Kidd of Mt. Abram, who crossed the line in 8:46.3. The final podium spot went to Julia Wells of Mt. Abram with a time of 8:47.7. The final top six skate finishers were all from Orono HS. Julia White (9:12.9), Rebecca White (9:51.4) and Ali Hayward (10:30.2) all had all-star races to help lead Orono to victory.
Orono's team total was 1,573 points, followed by runner-up Winthrop with 1,529 points. Mt. Abram finished in third with 1,169 points while Dirigo garnered 382 points.
In the boys morning 5k classical race, Mt. Abram took three of the top four positions with Alex Hemingway leading the way with a 14:47.6 time. Teammate Cam Walters came in second with a time of 15:28.8, followed by Spruce Mountain's Abrahm Geissinger, who strided across the finish line at 15:56.1. Other top six finishers were the Roadrunner's Jeff Warnock (16:45.2), Tommie Owen of Orono (17:14.9) and his teammate Kyle McClellan with a time of 17:46.0.
In the 2.5k freestyle event, Hemmingway again took the gold, skating to a time of 6:57.0. Walters again took the second spot with time of 7:01.8, while Geissinger was again in the final medal spot, crossing the line in 7:16.1. Other top six freestylers were Warnock (7:21.3), McClellan (7:30.4), and his teammate Owen (7:41.7).
Mt. Abram took the MVC nordic team championship with a 783.0 in the classical and a 781.0 in the freestyle for a total of 1,564 points. Runner-up was Orono with a team total of 1,542 points, followed by Spruce Mountain with 1,538. Dirigo had 1,508.0 points and Mountain Valley had 741.0 points to round out the scoring.
The Rangeley women's alpine team, skiing as an associate member of the Mountain Valley Conference, captured the 2021 MVC Alpine Championship at Black Mountain on March 3rd. In the Giant Slalom, the individual champion was Mountain Valley's Jaden Boulanger with runs of 58.80 and 58.50 for a two-run total of 1:57.50. Rangeley depth was the deciding factor in the team championship. The Lakers' Ameila Stokes finished second with a total time of 2:00.46. Third place went to Gabbie Gallant of Mountain Valley at 2:00.66, but she was the final Falcon scorer.
Rangeley took the next 3 scoring positions, with Bristol Quimby (2:01.30), Mya Laliberte (2:03.45), and Breezy Quimby (2:04.23) finishing 4,5, and 6 respectively.
In the afternoon, the attention turned to the slalom event, with 5 of the top 6 finishes belonging to Rangeley. Breezy Quimby captured the gold with times of 47.20 and 47/98 for a two-run total of 1:35.18. Her teammates Amelia Stokes (1:37.39) and Jutumn Williams (1:38.38) captured the silver and bronze. Rounding out the top 6 were Gabbie Gallant (1:47.08), Mya Laliberte (1:47.46), and Jaxyson Haley (1:51.06) of Rangenley.
The team scoring had Rangeley at the top with 1,580.0 points, Mountain Valley with 595.0 points, Mt. Abram with 578.0, and Spruce Mountain with 383.0.
In the men's Giant Slalom, Mountain Valley HS again had the individual champion with Nate Gallant recording times of 58.03 and 59.84 for the 1:57.87 two-run total. Fellow Falcon Joel Tardiff finished in second place with a total time of 2:01.05. The 3rd spot went to Daxxton Williams of Rangeley with a total of 2:07.30. Spruce Mountain's lone male skier, Jack Gilbert, took 4th place with a 2:08.85. Rangeley's Tucker MacFawn came in 5th with a score of 2:10.60. Mt. Abram then took 5 of the next 6 spots with Tre Pease, Ian Allen, Aden Richards, and Sulley Butler all scoring for the Roadrunners.
In the slalom event, Rangeley's Charlie Pye bounced back with a gold medal effort to record times of 46;43 and 48.25 for the total of 1:34.68. Teammate Sully Butler was second with a two-run total of 1:42.45. 3rd place went to Nate Gallant with a 1:42.89 total. Other top 6 finishers were Daxxton Williams (1:44.16), Tre Pease (1:44.30), and Joel Tardif (1:50.43).
Once again depth and consistant skiing proved to be the deciding factor as Mt. Abram captured the Men's Alpine Championship with 1,551.0 points. Second place went ot Mountain Valley with 1,179.0 points. Rangeley finished in 3rd place with 1,170.4 points, with Spruce Mountain rounding out the scoring with 389.0 points.
The Nordic teams will continue the competition at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center on Tuesday, March 9th.
|9:00 am||Nordic registration at Base Lodge; bibs, fees, running order (if not done online previously)|
|11:00 am||Nordic 5K Classic Men’s Start|
|11:45 am||Nordic 5K Classic Women’s Start|
|2:00 pm||Nordic 2.5K Freestyle Men’s Start|
|2:30 pm||Nordic 2.5K Freestyle Women’s Start|
|***All awards presented virtually **|
|Fees: Nordic:||$15/athlete. Make checks payable to: __________ (Please come with a check that day)|
|Bibs:||Picked up during registration time
Passes: All non-participating athletes will be required to purchase a lift/trail ticket ($15/Nordic).
|Amenities :||Base lodge will not be open, except for restroom use. Teams will need to use their buses as
lodges during the competition
|CHANGES DUE TO THE PANDEMIC||● We will be using 30 second intervals for all races
● Both disciples will be done on 3/2
● First race will be a 5K Classical
● Second race will be a 2.5K Freestyle
● Two different courses will be used
● Athletes will keep the same bib for both races
● NO pursuit race
|SPECTATORS :||Each athlete will be allowed one spectator. This will keep us under the 100 person
limit. Please be vigilant with your athletes about this rule. We do not want to be put in a position
where we have to ask people to leave the event! If you have questions please contact Tom Danylik
or Marc Keller.
|Team Award Scoring||MVC -The Nordic team award is given to the team with the highest combined total of
scores from the Classical and Freestyle race.
Alpine Giant Slalom/Slalom
|7:00-7:15||Alpine Giant Slalom registration at the Main Lodge Ticket Window: bibs, fees, running orders|
|7:15||Alpine Coaches and officials meeting in main base lodge to allow for more room - the lodge will be empty unless athletes needs the restroom|
|7:30||Lift opens for athletes|
|Gate Keepers meeting in Main Lodge Conference Room (each school provides 1 gate keeper)|
|9:00||Start of Alpine Giant Slalom Race – 2 runs, Women, Men (one course reset)|
|Slalom start times to be determined and will continually be announced. It will depend of the time it takes for Giant Slalom|
|Make checks payable to Chisholm Ski Club of Maine|
|Bibs are provided by Chisholm Ski Club|
|No racer is allowed on the race course or hill without bib visible.|
|Volunteers:||Each School must provide one Gate Keeper or Course Worker for both Alpine Events. If a school cannot supply a worker, they must notify Tom Danylik (418-6024) by noon on Monday, March. 1st, and pay a $50 fee so a replacement keeper can be scheduled. Skiing volunteers will be issued a Lift Pass as needed.|
|The main lodge will be open for restroom use and the Snack Bar will be open throughout the day.|