PHOTOS: Maine fourth at Eastern Nordic high school championships

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Teams of high school skiers from Maine, Vermont, New York, New Hampshire and Massachusetts are competing for the NENSA (New England Nordic Ski Association) High School Championships at Black Mountain in Rumford this weekend.

Each state’s team consists of 24 boys and 24 girls.

Vermont leads the team standings after three events. Sunday’s mixed relay is the final event.

Maine is sitting in fourth place after Saturday’s 7.5-kilometer race. Mt. Blue’s Meghan Charles was the tri-county area’s highest girl finisher at 41st place. Leavitt’s Roy Varney had the area’s highest boys finish, 54th.

Oliver Spencer (365) of the New Hampshire Nordic Ski Team throws on the brakes to keep from adding to the pile up in front of him during the mass start of the NENSA Eastern High School Championship 7.5K classical race at Black Mountain in Rumford on Saturday. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)

Auburn native Kirsten Main competes in the NENSA Eastern High School Championship 7.5K classical race at Black Mountain in Rumford on Saturday. Main skied for Auburn Middle School and Edward Little High School before moving to Mars Hill, where she is a senior at Central Aroostook High School. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)

Sophia Laukli, left, of the Maine Nordic Ski Team gives Phoebe Sweet of the Vermont Nordic Ski Team a hug at the finish line of the NENSA Eastern High School Championship 7.5K classical race at Black Mountain in Rumford on Saturday. Sweet beat Laukli of Yarmouth at the line by just over one second. Laukli wore the yellow leader’s race bib during Saturday’s race after winning Friday’s 5K freestyle race. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)

Ben Ogden of the Vermont Nordic Ski Team is three for three going into the final day of competition on Sunday. Ogden won the 7.5K classical race (shown here) on Saturday, the 5K freestyle race on Friday and the 1.2K freestyle sprint race on Saturday. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)

Roy Varney (316) of the Maine Nordic Ski Team competes during the NENSA Eastern High School Championship 7.5K classical race at Black Mountain in Rumford on Saturday. Varney, a student of Leavitt Area High School, is the 2018 Class A Classical State Champion. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)

Ezra Flint of the Maine Nordic Ski Team pushes through a gust of wind during the NENSA Eastern High School Championship 7.5K classical race at Black Mountain in Rumford on Saturday.  (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)

Meghan Charles of the Maine Nordic Ski Team waits outside the Maine team wax building to have her classic skis touched up prior to the start of the 7.5K classical race at Black Mountain in Rumford on Saturday. Charles is a member of the Mount Blue High School Nordic ski team. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)

Maine Nordic Ski Team coaches Aaron Duphily, foreground, and Tim Whiton wax skis prior to the start of the women’s 7.5K classical race at Black Mountain in Rumford on Saturday.  (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)

High school students hang out in the wax building before the start of their race on Saturday. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)

Brandon Hemingway, left, and Gabe Fein, center, of the Maine Nordic Ski Team hang out in the wax building before the start of their race on Saturday. Hemingway is a student at Mt. Abram High School. Fein is a student at Maranacook High School. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)

An exhausted Meghan Charles of the Maine Nordic Ski Team is assisted by a volunteer with the Chisholm Ski Club following the women’s 7.5K classical race at Black Mountain in Rumford on Saturday. Charles is a member of the Mount Blue High School Nordic ski team. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)

High school racers leave the stadium during the mass start of the NENSA Eastern High School Championship women’s 7.5K classical race at Black Mountain in Rumford on Saturday. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)

Emily Gerencer of the Maine Nordic Ski Team competes in the NENSA Eastern High School Championship 7.5K classical race at Black Mountain in Rumford on Saturday. Gerencer is a student at St. Dominic Academy. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)

Maya Weil-Cooley of the New Hampshire Nordic Ski Team goes for a warm up ski with her teammates prior to the start of the NENSA Eastern High School Championship 7.5K classical race at Black Mountain in Rumford on Saturday. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)

Cameron Bancroft of the Maine Nordic Ski Team competes during the NENSA Eastern High School Championship 7.5K classical race at Black Mountain in Rumford on Saturday. Bancroft is a student at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)

Wyatt Hulsey of the New York Nordic Ski Team picks himself up after he and his teammate, Jeffery Hodgson collapsed at the finish line. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)

Steph Nichols of the Maine Nordic Ski Team reacts after finishing the NENSA Eastern High School Championship 7.5K classical race at Black Mountain in Rumford on Saturday. Nichols lives in Rumford and skis for Gould Academy. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)

Phoebe Sweet of the Vermont Nordic Ski Team gets Sophia Laukli of the Maine Nordic Ski Team at the line to win the NENSA Eastern High School Championship 7.5K classical race at Black Mountain in Rumford on Saturday. Laukli of Yarmouth won Friday’s 5K freestyle race.  (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)

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