RUMFORD – Round 1 of the 2006 KVAC Ski Championships got under way Wednesday at Black Mountain, with giant slalom and Nordic events on the slate.

In boys’ GS competition, Mt. Blue placed three skiers in the top 10 to secure first place. Alex Prentiss finished fifth overall while Curtis Steele and Pete Farnum also had strong runs. EL’s Tyler Doris and Sam Armstrong swept the top two spots, with Doris setting a fast time of 1:02 down the mountain. MCI and Maranacook tied for second place overall, with Leavitt fourth and Edward Little rounding out the top five.

On the girl’s side, Mt. Blue’s Tory Gray finished on top in GS as the Cougars took first place overall. Abby Martin placed fourth, while Heidi Judkins skied her way to seventh. Maranacook finished a close second overall, while Oxford Hills claimed third. Skowhegan and Camden Hills both placed skiers in the top five, giving them fourth and fifth respectively in the overall standings.

In Nordic boys’ competition, Leavitt topped the overall finish with four skiers in the top 15. Sam Mathes of Messalonskee led all racers with a time of 11:56, while Mike Lessard and Justin Fereshetian finished second and third for the Hornets.

Mt. Blue placed three skiers in the top 10 to claim second overall, while Oxford Hills finished fourth and Edward Little came home fifth.

Leavitt also had the advantage in the women’s freestyle event, with four skiers in the top 10. Mandy Ivey of Oxford Hills set fast time with a run of 13:58; while Mt. Blue’s Rebecca Schoen finished second and Leavitt’s Lauren Fereshetian claimed third.

The Cougars came away with second place overall, while Oxford Hills was fourth and Maranacook fifth. Day 2 of the KVAC Championships will take place Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Titcomb Ski Area in Farmington. The Nordic Classic boys’ event will get under way at 9 a.m., while the alpine slalom competition starts at 11 a.m. An awards ceremony will follow the completion of the Nordic event.

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