Caribou skiers take XC meet

15 years ago
By Kevin Sjoberg  
Sports Reporter

    The first nordic ski meet of the season took place last Tuesday at Caribou High School. The format was a dual-start and the course was three kilometers in length.

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    Caribou’s Timothy Freme tucks his skis as he approaches the finish of a run during Saturday’s alpine ski meet held at Big Rock Ski Area in Mars Hill. Freme placed eighh in the giant slalom with a time of 1:48.09.

    The Caribou girls and boys captured the team titles. The Viking girls scored 21 points to defeat Fort Kent (28), Fort Fairfield (43) and Presque Isle (63). Laura Collins of Caribou was the winner with a time of 10 minutes, 38 seconds. Teammates Katelyn Plourde and Ashley Richards were third and fifth, respectively, with times of 11:14 and 11:53.
    Hallie Bartlett was the fastest Wildcat, placing sixth in 12:09, while Melissa McKenney was tops for Fort Fairfield in 12:16, good for eighth overall.
    Veronica Plourde, Kylie Plourde, Victoria Plourde, Kaitlyn Kinsey and Camille Huffman were other Fort Fairfield skiers.
    The Viking boys had 12 points, featuring five of the top seven overall finishers, to beat Fort Kent (24) and Presque Isle (54). Fort Fairfield, with only two competitors, did not figure in the team results.
    Winning the race was Caribou’s Finn Bondeson in 9:06. Vikings Caleb Chapman and D.J. Flynn tied for third with identical times of  9:27. Caribou’s  Christian Sleeper tied Fort Kent’s Nick Michaud for the fifth position in 9:54, while Jared Sleeper of Caribou was seventh in 9:56.
    Isaac Wortman of Fort Fairfield was 31st in 14:52. Collin Cassidy was the Tigers’ only other skier among the field of 37.

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    Paige Small flies down the hill during Saturday’s ski meet at Big Rock. The Caribou High School sophomore placed 11th in the giant slalom and 12th in the slalom in the overall standings. The Viking girls took first place as a team in the slalom.

    At Big Rock Saturday, the second alpine meet of the racing season was held. Central Aroostook was the boys giant slalom team champion with 21 points, followed by Fort Kent with 24, Caribou with 45 and Presque Isle with 84.
    Taking first place on the individual side was CA’s Shane Miller with a combined time of 1:41.28 for his two runs. Caribou’s Ethan McDuffie was the runner-up in 1:41.96.  Timothy Freme of the Vikings also made the top 10 with a time of 1:48.09, good for eighth place.     In the girls giant slalom, Fort Kent was the winner with 21 points. Caribou was second with 24 and Presque Isle third with 57.
    Lydia Kieffer of Caribou took individual honors with a 1:49.14 clocking. Also for the Vikings, Collins was fourth in 1:55.38, Ginger Kieffer ninth in 1:59.77 and Elizabeth Barbosa 10th in 1:59.82.
    Fort Kent took first in the boys slalom with 18 points. Central Aroostook was close behind with 20, with Caribou (51) and Presque Isle (87) following.
    Jesse Guimond of Fort Kent was the winner in 1:34.13.
    Nathan Rossignol of Caribou came in eighth in 1:49.27.
    The girls slalom team winner was Caribou with 22 points. The Vikes were four points better than Fort Kent, with Presque Isle in third with 54.
    Lydia Kieffer again took the victory in 1:48.07. She bested teammate Collins, who was second in 1:53.35. Barbosa was sixth in 2:04.89.
    The Aroostook County ski teams had a nordic meet yesterday in Presque Isle and returns to Big Rock Saturday for more alpine action.