Maine squad wins TD Bank J-2 skiing team title

Maine’s J-2 Nordic team members and coaches celebrate winning the state title at the 2012 TD Bank J-2 Championships award ceremony at Black Mountain in Rumford.
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Maine’s J-2 Nordic team members and coaches celebrate winning the state title at the 2012 TD Bank J-2 Championships award ceremony at Black Mountain in Rumford.
Posted March 13, 2012, at 11:01 p.m.

RUMFORD, Maine — Team Maine narrowly edged Team Vermont to win the state title at the 2012 TD Bank J-2 Skiing Championships on Sunday at Black Mountain of Maine.

The invitational event featured some of the best 15- and 16-year-old Nordic skiers from New England, as well as a handful of other states.

Seven races filled out the three-day competition: a boys’ and girls’ 5-kilometer classical, a 5K freestyle, a 1K sprint and a mixed gender relay.

Teams from Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine, as well as a group of skiers from the Midwest and Rocky Mountains, Team CXC, competed in icy and slushy snow conditions under bright blue skies.

Isaac Wright of Rutland, Vt., won the boys’ 5K freestyle race in 12 minutes, 18.5 seconds, with Braden Becker of Yarmouth the top Maine finisher in sixth place with a time of 12:56.8. Karman Husain of Fort Kent finished ninth in 13:13.2.

Riley Douglas of Honeoye Falls, N.Y., won the girls’ 5K freestyle in 13:55.5, while Sarah Wade of Farmington was the top Maine finisher, sharing seventh place with Naomi Kramer of Bow, N.H., in a time of 14:54.4.

Wright also won the boys’ 5K classical in 12:52.7, with Elijah McCurdy of Freeport leading the Maine contingent with a fourth-place finish in 13:26.8. Ryan Washington of Caribou placed eighth in 13:40.0, followed by Becker in ninth (13:44.4) and Marcello Deluca of Hanover in 10th (13:50.3).

Allison Terres of Vadnais Heights, Minn., won the girls’ 5K classical in 15:07, with Sarah Doak of Stockholm the top Mainer in eighth place (15:51.5).

Lauren Jortberg of Boulder, Colo., finished first in the 1K free technique sprint with a time of 2:19.92. Wade placed seventh in 2:29.44. Christian Koziel of Needham, Mass., won the boys event in 2:00.31, with Sam Wood of Mount Ararat of Topsham (2:06.55), Deluca (2:06.79) and McCurdy (2:07.012) placing 7-8-9 to lead Maine racers.

Team CXC won the mixed gender relay in 29:20.5, with the Maine team of McCurdy, Becker, Doak and Wade placing fourth in 30:11.3 and a second Maine team of Washington, Husain, Dana Hatton of Cape Elizabeth and Samantha Pierce of Merriconeag of Freeport fifth in 30:27.0.

Maine’s finish in the mixed gender relay pulled it ahead of Vermont for the team award. Maine totaled 14,677 points for the four-event weekend while Vermont was second with 14,062 points and New Hampshire third with 11,598 points.

Also honored were the overall individual top three finishers from the weekend, which was based on points accumulated from all three individual races.

Douglas earned the top honor for the girls, a culmination of the points from the three individual races over the two days, followed by Jortberg and Autumn Eastman from Hinesburg, Vt.

Wright was the boys overall champion, followed by Chris Koziel and Warren Taylor of Williamstown, Mass.

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