Monday, March 10, 2014
Kennebec Journal Staff
The Maranacook boys capped off a dominant performance in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Alpine competition and won the overall conference title Tuesday.
The Black Bears backed up their win in the giant slalom competition last week, winning the slalom Tuesday 31-46 over Mt. Blue. Maranacook's Alec Daigle won the slalom race with a two-run time of 1 minute, 12.50 seconds. Maranacook finished with 78 points in the Nordic competition to win the overall title 142-145 over Mt. Blue.
"It wasn't a perfect day but it was still pretty great," Maranacook coach Ronn Gifford said. "The boys skied very well overall. It was a good day."
The Oxford Hills girls captured the overall KVAC title, finishing with 162 points. Maranacook was second with 193 and Mt. Blue was fourth with 298.
Maranacook's Maddy Chiappetta also won the Skiemeister title with 50 points. Caroline Colan also won the classical race in 18:25.7.
"The girls skied great," Gifford said. "We had some good individual performances."
The Mt. Abram boys and girls won the overall Mountain Valley Conference titles Tuesday. The girls finished with 213 points, ahead of Mountain Valley (320) and Spruce Mountain (336). The boys finished with 191 points, ahead of Mountain Valley (207), Spruce Mountain (210) and Telstar (408).
Mt. Abram's Thomas Faraday won the classical race with a time of 17:55.7. Teammate Jay Chenard was second in 18:00.3 and Monmouth's Dylan Thombs was third in 18:13.6. Winthrop's Aaron St. Pierre finished fourth in 20:29.5.
Rachel Ingram finished fourth in the classical race as the Winthrop girls team won the Mountain Valley Conference Nordic championship Tuesday at Black Mountain.
Ingram finished the 5-kilometer course in 22:24.5 for the Ramblers.
Also for Winthrop, Jada Choate finished 10th in 24:37.1 and Mary Claire Blanchard was 12th in 24:38.5.
Winthrop led Dirigo in the Nordic competition by seven points after winning the freestyle title last week, 39-47. Dirigo won the classical portion of the race Tuesday, thanks to a third-place finish by Krystal Blood, but Winthrop still won the overall Nordic title by two points.
"I told the girls 'You are seven points ahead, if you ski well today you can do something no Winthrop Nordic team has done in probably 20 years,'" Winthrop coach Jay Lindsey said. "They skied well in tough conditions."
Izzy Gerencer of St. Dominic won the MVC classical race in a time of 21:35.8. Emma Houston of Mt. Abram finished second in 21:59.4 and Becki Bryant of Monmouth was fifth in 22:31.0. Bryant, who also finished third in the slalom on Tuesday, won the MVC Skimeister title with 22 points. Ingram was second with 52.
Connor Woods of Mountain Valley won the MVC boys skimeister with 41 points.
For the Maranacook boys, Daigle said he has been waiting all year to string together two strong slalom runs. He did that Tuesday.
"It felt really good," he said. "I didn't know if it was mine to win, but I defintely came in thinking I was going to do well. I really wanted to do well for the team. It was nice to put those runs together. After my first run, I was thinking that I just had to go out and do what I was doing."
The performance, coupled with strong showings from Matt Delmar and Toby Smith, helped the Black Bears win the KVAC slalom title.
Delmar, who won the KVAC giant slalom title on Feb. 7, finished in third place, less than two seconds behind Daigle. Smith rounded out the group with an 11th place finish.
Mt. Blue also put forth a solid effort, led by the performance of Max Kay, who finished seventh. Teammate Kyle Farrington finished in ninth place, rounded out by Felix Bonnevie, who finished in 12th place.
Steven Slyvester of Spruce Mountain won the MVC boys slalom title with a time of 1:20.93.
Allairie Lever of Edward Little won the KVAC girls slalom championship with a time of 1:19.32, while Mountain Valley's Sarah Klein won the MVC girls title with a time of 1:20.58.
For the Mt. Blue girls, Sarah Wade finished second in the classical event in a time of 18:31.5.