The Western Maine Conference Championship races took place this past week and our skiers had their work cut out for them. First up was the classic portion of the event on Friday at Libby Hill in Gray. We were grateful for the new snow, though conditions did not make for an easy race. At the end of the day, the girls team had a two point lead over Yarmouth and the boys team was 15 points ahead of Freeport. On Saturday the team headed to Fryeburg for Day 2 of the championship event, the skate pursuit race, which means that each skier sets off at the exact time differential of their finish time from the previous day. The course organizers chose to include “The Wall,” the most difficult section of the Stark’s Hill trail system, which made for a exhausting race for everyone.
Final results placed the Maine Coast girls team as WMC runners up, just four points behind Yarmouth, and the boys team as WMC Champions! Individual races to note in the classic portion of the event were Olivia Skillings (2), Louise Ahearne (5) and Eliza Skillings (7), and on the boys side Nick Neveu (1), Matinicus Neveu (4), Eli Gundersen (5) and Calvin Soule (9). In the skate race, we saw Olivia Skillings (2) and Louise Ahearne (5) in the top 10, and for the boys were Nick Neveu (1) and Matinicus Neveu (3). Named as All Conference for their combined pursuit results were Olivia Skillings (2), Louise Ahearne (4), Nick Neveu (1) and Matinicus Neveu (2). Congratulations to all!
Senior Nick Neveu and former MCWS student Sophia Laukli of the Yarmouth Clippers were both the 2018 WMC Classical and Freestyle Champions. Congrats to Sophia and Nick!
This week is a training week leading up to the States races in Fort Kent over February vacation, with the possibility of a fun race on Valentine’s Day. We will add a blog posting in the next couple days with lots of info about the states event and trip to Fort Kent, so families should be on the lookout – http://mcwsnordicskiing.blogspot.com/.