Fort Kent teams take alpine championships, Guimond and Madore individual standouts

Fort Kent's Austin Plourde raced to third place in both the slalom and giant slalom events of the Aroostook County Alpine Championships at Lonesome Pine Trails on Saturday, Feb. 11. (Jessica Potila | SJVT/FhF)

Fort Kent’s Austin Plourde raced to third place in both the slalom and giant slalom events of the Aroostook County Alpine Championships at Lonesome Pine Trails on Saturday, Feb. 11. (Jessica Potila | SJVT/FhF)

FORT KENT, Maine — The Fort Kent boys and girls downhill skiers will advance to the 2017 State Championships after taking home team wins in all four races at the 2017 Aroostook County Alpine Ski Championships on Saturday, Feb. 11 at Lonesome Pine Trails in Fort Kent.

Alisha Guimond, a junior at Fort Kent Community High School will defend her 2016 Girls Class B State slalom title this year at the state competition. Guimond won the event at the Aroostook Championships on Saturday, where she also took home first in the giant slalom.

“I knew from practice Wednesday that it was going to be very rutty, so I knew I had to be smart and ski to the extent that I still felt in control and being able to get down to the bottom,” Guimond said. “But anything can happen — it only takes one time for your ski to get caught in the rut and slide out of the course. I knew my line had to be perfect and so that’s what I focused on. The snow was definitely not the best snow conditions but we all made it work.”

Indeed all of Guimond’s teammates, whom she describes as “very dedicated” performed well in Saturday’s championship. Fort Kent girls dominated all top five places in both races.

Alisha Guimond finished with a time of 1:49.40 in the giant slalom, followed by teammates: Riley Sibley, 1:50.61; Olivia Martin, 1:54.39; Sylvie Guimond, 1:54.51; and Kailee Guimond, 1:55.20.

Fort Kent won the race with 10 points. The Presque Isle girls finished in second with 51 points.

In the slalom, Alisha Guimond crossed the finish line in 1:28.51, followed by: Olivia Martin, 1:35.26; Sylvie Guimond, 1:35.64; Kailee Guimond, 1:39.19; and Isabelle Lozier, 1:46.12.

The Fort Kent girls won the event with 10 points, followed by Presque Isle with 54.

On the boys’ side, Bryce Madore claimed first place in the slalom with a speedy time of 1:26.12. Jake Roy of Wisdom represented his school with a second-place finish (1:26.33). Fort Kent’s Austin Plourde finished in third (1:27.10), followed in less than half a second by Lane Grass of Central Aroostook High School (1:27.55). Drew Madore of Fort Kent rounded out the top five with a score of 1:27.92.

Fort Kent dominated the team standings in the boys slalom with 16 points. Presque Isle finished in second with 46 points, followed by Central Aroostook with 63. Caribou earned 90 points for a fourth-place finish.

Nick Bartlett of Presque Isle topped the leaderboard (1:47.10) in the boys’ giant slalom race, beating out Fort Kent’s Jon Haley (1:47.51) by less than four-tenths of a second. Austin Plourde of Fort Kent followed Haley, taking just over a tenth of a second longer to complete the course with a time of 1:47.62. Fort Kent teammates Bryce Madore (1:47.76) and Drew Madore (1:47.90) rounded out the top five.

Fort Kent once again dominated the team standings, with a low 14 points in the boys’ GS. Presque Isle came in second with 52 points. Central Aroostook scored 66 for third place, followed by Caribou with 101.

Alisha Guimond said it is hard work and team spirit which leads to the success of both Fort Kent teams.

“We push ourselves in practice to see what we can handle. We try new things and we are all one big family who provide support for each other and if we see something they can improve on we will tell them; we work together,” she said. “We don’t race as individuals, we race as a team.”

The 2017 Maine State Class B Alpine Ski Championships will take place Tuesday, Feb. 21 and Wednesday, Feb. 22 at the Black Mountain Ski Resort in Rumford.

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