RUMFORD, Maine — Elite teams of 14- and 15-year-old Nordic racers from Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, New York, and elite guest teams from Colorado and Wisconsin, will compete Friday through Sunday in the TD Bank J2 Nordic Ski Championships at Black Mountain of Maine.
A field of 228 athletes are registered for this last major Nordic race of the season. The event is being hosted by the New England Nordic Skiing Association and the Chisholm Ski Club.
“The snow made for the U.S. Cross Country Championships in January has held up very well over this very busy competition season and we have accumulated quite a bit of natural snow on top of it,” said the event’s chief of competition, Roger Arsenault. “We anticipate conditions will continue to be very good and the club is working to make this an outstanding event for both the competitors and the spectators.”
Events begin at 3 p.m. Friday with the men’s 5-kilometer free technique, followed at 4 p.m. by the women’s 5K free technique.
Saturday’s races begin at 9:30 a.m. with the women’s 5K classic followed at 10:30 a.m. by the men’s free 5K classic; the women’s 1K free technique sprint at 2:30 p.m. and the men’s 1K free technique sprint at 3:15 p.m.
Sunday’s schedule features the mix medley relay at 9:30 a.m.
Maine J2 women’s team consists of the following skiers, listed in order of seed: Sarah Doak (Caribou), Sarah Wade (Mt. Blue), Lizzy Landry (Portland), Elizabeth Martin (Freeport), Dana Hatton (Cape Elizabeth), Emma Houston (Mount Abram), Caitlin Teare (Yarmouth), India Lucas (Oxford Hills), Ihilia Lesnikova (Yarmouth), Laura Frank (Portland), Lucy Alexander (Harrison), Emily Torres (Yarmouth), Samantha Pierce (Merriconeag), Audrey Garcia (Gray-New Gloucester), Hannah Renedo (Orono), Rachel Ingram (Winthrop), Jesse Saffeir (Merriconeag), Natalie Wicks (Maranacook) and Julia Rand (Windham).
Members of Maine’s J2 men’s team, listed in order of seed, are Aiden Clark (Gould Acad.), Ryan Washington (Caribou), Carter Hall (Yarmouth), Braden Becker (Yarmouth), Thomas Farady (Mount Abram), Marcello Deluca (Gould Academy), Kamran Hussain (Maine Winter Sports Center), Sam Alexander (Yarmouth), Rylee Knox (Leavitt), Mitch Harris (Thornton Acad.), Jasper Houston (Yarmouth), Sam Wood (Mount Ararat), Dustin Ramsay (Hampden Acad.), Eli McCurdy (Merriconeag), Sam Pratico (Falmouth), Graham Roeber (Merriconeag), Sean Beaulieu (Mount Desert Island), Ethan Harriman (Maranacook), Gabe Mahoney (Falmouth) and Julian Pelzer (Cape Elizabeth).
Coaches for the Maine squads are Deven Morrill (Cape Elizabeth), Buzz Bean (Mount Abram), Sally Bean (Mount Abram), Kalie Dunn (North Yarmouth Academy), Sara Dominique (Maine Winter Sports Center), Erin Hatton (Bowdoin College), Bob Morse (Yarmouth), Aaron Duphily (Cheverus), Amber Dodge (MWSC) and Meagan Toussaint (Yarmouth).
3 to compete in Eastern High School championships
Hampden Academy sophomore Dustin Ramsay and Orono’s Lily Koffman and Hannah Renedo made the cut at Farmington’s Titcomb Mountain on Saturday to qualify for the 2012 Eastern High School Nordic Ski Championships.
The regional competition, sponsored by the New England Nordic Ski Association, is the premiere event for high school and prep school Nordic racers in New England and New York. It will be held March 16-18 at the Mountain Top Inn and Resort in Chittenden, Vt.
The qualifying races at Titcomb Mountain began with a 5-kilometer classical race in the morning, followed by a 5K skate pursuit in the afternoon.
Ramsay raced to a time of 16 minutes, 59 seconds in the 5K classical race, followed by a 15:12 clocking in the skate race to place 22nd overall. He is the youngest skier ever from Hampden to represent Maine at the Eastern high school championships.
Koffman, a freshman, and Renedo, a sophomore, were named as alternates for Maine’s Nordic team, but soon learned they also will be making the trip and competing in the regional competition. Koffman finished the classical (22:48) and skate (18:45) races to finish 24th in the qualifying competition, while Renedo finished 25th with times of 22:18 and 19:16.