Local high school skiers qualify for elite team

RUMFORD, Maine — Nine Aroostook County skiers made Maine Nordic ski teams that will compete in larger events over the next two weekends.

Seven of the nine took part in an Eastern High School Championships qualifier held Saturday, March 3, at Black Mountain in Rumford.

Kassandra Nelson of Ashland is the lone member of the U16 girls’ team that will participate in an event to be held March 9-11 at Gore Mountain in North Creek, New York.

She placed 14th in the pursuit with a time of 38 minutes and 2.1 seconds. The top 24 qualified for the elite Maine U16 team.

Making it on the women’s team representing the state are Isabelle Jackson of Presque Isle (fourth place, 31:44.1), Isabelle Jandreau of Madawaska (fifth, 31:47.8), Kirsten Main of Central Aroostook (18th, 33:48.6) and Dolcie Tanguay of Fort Kent and a student at MSSM (20th, 33:56.5).

The top 24 racers made it onto the team. Abby Streinz of Hersey is an automatic qualifier after having qualified for Junior Nationals.

Qualifying for the men’s team for being among the top 26 were Max Bartley of Presque Isle (fifth, 13:35.8) and Niko Naranja of Fort Kent (20th, 14:50.5). Caleb Streinz of Hersey is also an automatic qualifier.

The New England Nordic Ski Association’s Eastern High School Championships are scheduled at Black Mountain March 16-18.

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