Caribou’s McDuffie, Walker and Kieffer lead way at meet

11 years ago

MARS HILL, Maine — The alpine ski competition season got under way Saturday when Big Rock Ski Area was the site of a meet hosted by Caribou that included teams from both within and outside of Aroostook County.

Giant slalom races were held both in the morning and the afternoon for girls and boys.

In the girls’ morning event, Alexa Pelletier of Fort Kent placed first out of 43 competitors with a combined time for her two runs of 1:43.07.

Teammate Rudy Martin was second in 1:45.19.

Samantha Kearney of Central Aroostook placed third in 1:46.08, followed by Hampden Academy’s Evelyn Thompson (1:48.28) and Lee Academy’s Tina Gerl (1:48.98).

Emma Bartlett was the fastest Presque Isle skier, placing seventh in 1:52.41. Ginger Kieffer led her Caribou team by placing ninth in 1:55.02.

In the afternoon, Pelletier again conquered the field by putting together a time of 1:41.12, which was just .42 faster than the Panthers’ Kearney at 1:41.54.

Bartlett took third place in 1:46.02, followed by Martin in fourth in 1:46.67 and Gerl in fifth in 1:46.8.

Kieffer placed 12th in 1:57.25.

The boys’ morning race included 46 racers. Taking the top spot was Andrew Paradis of Fort Kent, whose time was 1:37.71 for the two runs.

Teammates Joey Guimond (1:39.59) and Brandon Ouellette (1:39.69) were next, with Presque Isle’s Gabe Player taking fourth in 1:39.84 and Central Aroostook’s Cody Clayton in fifth in 1:40.04.

The Caribou duo of Nolan McDuffie and Dean Walker were 11th and 12th, respectively. McDuffie’s time was 1:40.42 and Walker’s was 1:41.96.

Paradis made it a sweep by taking the afternoon race in 1:32.19. Ouellette (1:33.17), Brady Lizotte (1:35.49) and Carter Voisine (1:35.89) made it all Warriors for the top four positions.

McDuffie claimed the fifth spot in 1:35.9.

Clayton was seventh in 1:36.31 to lead CA, while Bryce Smith was the fastest Wildcat in 1:36.69.