Caribou sweeps classical ski titles
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine – The first of two Aroostook League championship Nordic ski meet was held Tuesday, Feb. 7 at the Nordic Heritage Center and the Caribou Vikings swept the classical team titles with Max Bartley of Presque Isle and Isabelle Jandreau of Madawaska taking the individual victories.
The Caribou boys prevailed by scoring 21 points and having four of the seven fastest times on the afternoon. The Wildcats’ Bartley kept his season-long winning streak alive by finishing in 15 minutes and 48.6 seconds, which was 12.3 seconds ahead of runner-up David Roy of Fort Kent (16:00.9).
Bryce Coffin of the Vikings was just behind Roy and took third place in 16:01.2. Fort Kent’s Matt Kelley was next in 16:32.2, but three Caribou skiers followed in consecutive order. Alec Cyr (16:45.6), Emerson Duplissie-Cyr (17:27.9) and Caleb Brown (17:42.7) rounded out the Vikings’ scoring.
Fort Kent was the team runner-up with 24 points, while Bartley’s PI team was third with 55. Madawaska (69) and MSSM (95) followed.
Reece Voisine (eighth, 17:54.9) and Sam Johnson (10th, 17:59.2) both registered top-10 efforts for the Warriors.
Kevin Ayotte was the fastest Madawaska skier, placing ninth in 17:56.9. Ashland’s Tristan Pelletier was his team’s top performer, placing 16th in 19:14. James Cyr came in 19th in 19:41.9 to pace MSSM.
The Caribou girls recorded a convincing team victory. The Vikes’ 24 points was 11 better than runner-up Madawaska, with
The fastest girl was Jandreau, whose time of 18:52.7 was nearly 12 seconds ahead of Izzy Jackson of Presque Isle, the runner-up in 19:04.4
Erin Kashian turned in a solid effort, leading the strong Caribou contingent and placing third overall with a 20:36.6 clocking. She was followed by Fort Kent’s Dolcie Tanguay (20:59.8) and the Owls’ Kasie Blanchette (21:12.8) to complete the top five.
Three Viking skiers were next in the standings. Kendra Furber was sixth in 21:35.6, Madeline Gudde seventh in 21:45.2 and Ciara Richards eighth in 21:53.6.
Kassandra Nelson of Ashland (21:57.3) and Abigail Wimmer of Caribou (22:10.8) were ninth and 10th, respectively.
Fort Fairfield’s Jessica Halsey just missed out on the top 10. She came in 11th place in 22:36.8.
Leading MSSM was Naomi Kihn, who was 15th in 23:45.7.