RUMFORD — Nick Woods finished in the top six in all four events to easily claim the skimeister title and lead Mountain Valley to the boys’ championship Saturday in the Mountain Valley Conference ski championships at Black Mountain.

The Falcons, with a big first-day lead, held off Livermore Falls’ second-day charge to nip the Andies, 231-235. Winthrop was third in the boys with 328 points.

The Mt. Abram girls placed four skiers in the top five of the classical pursuit to run away with the girls’ MVC title. The Roadrunners finished with 64 points. Mountain Valley was the only other girls’ team to field both alpine and nordic teams and finished with 190 points.

Woods finished third in the slalom and fifth in the cross country classical pursuit Saturday. Two days earlier in Rangeley, the Mountain Valley junior placed second in the giant slalom and sixth in the cross country freestyle. His 16 points in the skimeister division was well ahead of second-place Owen Timberlake of Livermore Falls.

Reigning state champion Alex Rose of Livermore falls captured the boys’ slalom title by nearly three seconds over runner-up Nate Nicols of Mountain Valley. Nicols, Woods, Ian Sweetser, Darren Jodrey and David Adley gave the Falcons a 2-3-4-6-7 finish.

Mt. Abram sisters Erin and Elise Luce swept the top two spots in the women’s slalom. They were separated by 0.10 seconds, with third-place finisher Kera Miller of Mountain Valley trailed by 3.5 seconds. First-run leader Lindsey Jacques of Livermore Falls ended up sixth.

Mt. Abram’s depth was never more on display than in the classical pursuit. Sadie James, Annah Houston and Emma Houston led the field to the finish to claim the first three places. The Roadrunners also bunched two other skiers in the top seven.

Adam Mahar of Telstar edged three Mt. Abram skiers to win the gold in the men’s pursuit. Jay Chenard, Nick Carlton and Trent Rosenberg followed with the Falcons’ Woods fifth. Mt. Abram won the pursuit team title with a 26-31 advantage.

EL’s Jackson sweeps alpine

FARMINGTON — James Jackson of Edward Little swept the alpine events by easily winning the boys’ slalom Saturday in the KVAC ski championships at Titcomb Mountain on Saturday.

Jackson, who had earlier won the giant slalom, was third after the first run, but lit up the course on his second run that was nearly 1.5 seconds faster than his nearest rival — Alec Daigle of Maranacook.

Ben Bowles was eighth for Edward Little, while Mt. Blue’s North Kay and Tim Andrews placed fourth and fifth. Reilly Bolduc took 10th for Lewiston.

Eliza Richard, Margo Heraud and Heather Farrington finished 1-2-3 to pace the Mt. Blue girls in the slalom. Marissa Hanning took fifth for Oxford Hills, while Allarie Lever of Edward Little placed sixth.

In the girls’ cross country classical, Hannah Allen of Mt. Blue nipped Maranacook’s Abby Mace by three seconds for gold. Emily Ramsey of Mt. Blue, Maddie Wiegman of Leavitt and Audrey Bennette of Edward Little rounded out the top five.

Tyler Deangelis of Maranacook beat his closest pursuer by nearly a minute in the boys race. Dustin Staples of Mt. Blue took fourth, while Forrest Todd led a 5-7-8 performance by Oxford Hills with Jeremy Read and Jesse Newcomb.


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