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Maranacook Girls and Orono Boys are Team Nordic Champions

round mvc logo 180February 12: The final day of the 2024 Mountain Valley Conference Skiing Championship at Black Mountain featured the women’s and men’s 5k classical pursuit. Racers were sent out in the order that that finished the freestyle races last week.

Orono Sophomore Clara Welch was the first racer out of the stadium and was being chased by her sister Ruth. Clara appears to be peaking at the right time, as she completed the course in the shortest time, 17:31.9, for a two pursuit time of 32:29.9. Ruth was second in the classical with a time of 18:07.3 and Pursuit with a total time of 34:29.9. Maranacook’s Olympia Farrell was third with a time of 18:20.6 for a 35:13.6 total.

In fourth place was Farrell’s teammate Elsa Burghahl with a time of 18:45.2, good for a two day total of 35:27.2. Taking the fifth spot was Telstar’s Ella Akers with a time of 20:36.3 and a pursuit time of 39:48.3. Hannah Perkins of Spruce Mountain had the 6th best time in the classical race and 7th overall (40:59.8), while Maranacook’s Harper Olmstead’s time of 21:35.8 gave her the 6th best pursuit score of 40:21.8.

In the men’s race, Wyatt Stevenson of Maranacook and winner of the freestyle race, led the pack and extended his pursuit lead with a 5k classical time of 14:41.8, giving him a two-day pursuit time of 28:27.8. His teammate Silas Bartol had the second fastest classical time of 14:52.5 and a total time of 29:10.5. Third place in the classical and pursuit went to Orono’s Liam Waring, who strode across the finish in 16:17.4 (32:06.4).

4th place in the classical and pursuit was taken by Orono’s Ben Arsenault with times of 16:17 and :32:06.4.

Finishing in 5th place in the classical Mt. Abram’s Carter Butterfield. His 17:39.1 finish earned him the 8th best pursuit time of 35:57.1. 6th place went to Spurce Mountain’s Samuel Geissinger with a time of 17:49.2 and a 5th place finish in the pursuit (33:18.2). Orono’s Evan Gerbi’s time of 19:10.1 gave him a total time of 35:28 and a 6th place finish in the pursuit.

With the conclusion of the the day's events, the Maranacook girls were crowned the MVC Nordic champs with a score of 1566. Second place went to Orono with a score of 1563.

The Orono boys took the team championship with a total of 1561. Finishing is second place was Maranacook with a total of 1559.

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