LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — A pair of top-10 finishes highlighted the performances of a foursome of area Nordic skiers during the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association’s Junior National Championships on Wednesday.

Auburn’s Orrin Slover, who competes for Quarry Road Ski Club, placed eighth in the U16 boys classic sprint race. Slover, who was 24th in Monday’s freestyle race, finished Wednesday’s race in a time of 3 minutes, 25.8 seconds.

Nyla Scott, a Greenwood native who races for Bethel’s Gould Academy, was ninth overall in the U18/U20 women’s race. Scott was eighth among U18 competitors with a time of 3:12.24.

A pair of area athletes competed in the U18/U20 men’s race.

Slover’s older brother, Ellis, was 65th overall (2:47.21). Ellis Slover, who competes for Gould Academy, placed 31st among U18 competitors.

Abrahm Geissinger, who used to compete for Spruce Mountain High School but now races for Green Mountain Valley School, placed 86th overall (2:51.40) and 50th among U18 finishers.


The Nordic Junior Nationals competition continues with the classic mass start races Friday and the freestyle relays on Saturday.

AREA STANDOUTS SHOW OUT AT NATIONALS: Lewiston’s Josia Katroli and Mt. Abram’s Carter Butterfield both earned All-America honors at this past weekend’s New Balance Indoor Nationals in Boston, Massachusetts.

On Friday, Katroli placed sixth out of 43 athletes to complete a countable height in the boys high jump, breaking the Lewiston High School program record with a leap of 6 feet, 7 inches.

Also Friday, Butterfield was part of a dominant Maine contingent in the boys 1-mile race walk, finishing fifth overall in a time of 8:00.83. Bonny Eagle’s Rowan McDonald was the national champion in a meet-record time of 7:05.96. Leavitt’s Phineas Scherrer finished eighth in a time of 8:16.24.

On Saturday, Scherrer’s Leavitt teammate, Stephen Pierre, competed in the boys 60-meter hurdles, finishing his preliminary heat race in a time of 8.63 seconds, which was tied for 151st out of 227 finishers.

A pair of Lewiston teammates joined Butterfield and Scherrer at the Nike Indoor Nationals in New York City, which was also held Friday-Sunday.

On Sunday, Ryker Paradis placed fourth in the boys emerging elite shot put, with a best throw of 53 feet, 7 inches. Makenna Drouin competed in two events Saturday, placing in the top 50 in both. She was 40th out of 73 finishers in the girls emerging elite 200-meter dash, with a time of 25.6 seconds, and 44th out of 77 finishers with a time of 7.75 seconds in the 60-meter dash.

McDonald also captured the boys 1-mile race walk national championship at Nike nationals Sunday, with an even faster time of 7:02.12. Butterfield was fourth with an improved time of 7:52.39, earning All-America status for the second time in three days. Scherrer placed sixth in a time of 8:20.22 to grab his own All-America honor.

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