The North Yarmouth Academy boys and Merriconeag-Waldorf girls did Monday to the rest of the Class C nordic skiing field what they’ve been doing to the Western Maine Conference all season long.
The Panthers’ boys’ squad totaled a mere 18 points while Merriconeag had only 19 in the girls’ race to take commanding first-day leads at the Class C state skiing championships at Black Mountain of Maine on Monday.
Ian Moore led the charge in the boys’ classical race for NYA, earning the state crown in that discipline with a time of 12:58.6 on Monday, more than 30 seconds better than Josh Espy of Waynflete. Moore’s teammate, Camden Regan, placed third, Jake Susla fifth and Evan Kendall eighth for the Panthers.
Telstar standout Adam Mahar placed fourth, just missing the podium. Nicholas Woods of Mountain Valley, a skimeister candidate, came in at No. 14.
In the team race, Merriconeag is second overall after the classical race, 17 points back of NYA.
On the girls’ side, Merriconeag placed two skiers — sisters Zoe and Emili Chace-Donahue — in the top two positions, while Samantha Pierce placed seventh and Teagan Wu came in at No. 9.
Roxanne Pelletier of Fort Kent, Elizabeth Martin of Freeport and Hannah Streinz of Katahdin rounded out the top five girls.
The top area finished in the girls’ classical race was Silvia Lutick of Dirigo at No. 17, followed by Rebekah Bryant of Monmouth, a skimeister candidate.
In the girls’ team race, Fort Kent and Freeport are neck-in-neck for second place, both more than 20 points back of Merriconeag.
The Class C championships continue Tuesday with the first day of alpine racing at Mt. Abram in Greenwood in the morning, followed by the second day of nordic racing at Black Mountain in the afternoon.
Class B also gets under way Tuesday in Aroostook County, with the first day of alpine and nordic competition. Class C concludes its racing Wednesday, while Class A opens its competition the same day.