Nordic ski teams off to strong start

Saturday’s alpine ski meet in Fort Kent was cancelled as the Lonesome Pine course was not ready, but a pair of high school Nordic freestyle meets were held last week.
The latest one was Monday in For Kent. The Caribou girls and boys pulled off sweeps, with the Vikings’ Sarah Doak and Caleb Willett coming through with individual wins as well.
Doak finished in 22 minutes and 40 seconds to take the girls’ meet. Teammate Lauren Chapman was second, 2:08 behind Doak in 24:48. Kaitlin Ring of the Vikings came in fourth in 25:50.
The Caribou girls scored 20 points, with Fort Kent next with 36 and PI third with 55. Madawaska (64) and Fort Fairfield (86) were the other schools involved.
Willett recorded a time of 19:50 in the boys’ race to beat Fort Kent’s Matthew Toussaint by a mere five seconds. Michael Marquis (20:02) and Riley McDuffie (20:14), both of the Vikings, were third and fifth, respectively.
Caribou posted 15 points for the low score, followed by the Wildcats with 35. Fort Kent (42), Madawaska (70), Fort Fairfield (100) and Ashland (101) also participated.
Last Tuesday, Caribou hosted a freestyle meet.
The Viking girls again rolled with 13 points, besting Fort Kent, which had 30. Presque Isle scored 53 points to take fourth and Fort Fairfield 68 for fifth. Ashland and Maine School of Science and Mathematics did not have full squads, but also competed along with Madawaska, which was the third-place squad with 46 points.
Doak was the winner in the 3K race in 9:58 and Chapman was the runner-up in 10:56. Ring (11:00) and JoJo Fields (11:30) were fourth and sixth, respectively, to round out the scoring.
Sarah Watt of Fort Fairfield was 22nd in 13:42 and led her Tigers. Eva Farkas was the top skier for MSSM, coming in 33rd in 17:11.
The Caribou boys compiled a meet-low 21 points to finish ahead of Fort Kent, which had 30. Presque Isle was two points back of the Warriors with 32 points, with Madawaska taking fourth (67), MSSM fifth (76), Ashland sixth (85) and Fort Fairfield seventh (95).
Toussaint and Tito Naranja of FK were one-two at 8:34 and 8:42, respectively.
McDuffie was third overall in 8:46 and Willett (8:48) and Marquis (8:57) followed to lead Caribou.
Grier Ostermann of MSSM was 13th in 9:38. Thomas Krause of Fort Fairfield claimed the 22nd position in 10:07 to lead their respective teams.
An alpine meet is scheduled for Saturday at Bigrock, but the predicted rain and warm temperatures have that event in jeopardy.