Jacob Roy, Carson Theriault sign with UMF ski team
FORT KENT, Maine — Although the coronavirus may have stolen some key moments from the Class of 2020, the graduating seniors are still planning for their futures, including two St. John Valley athletes.
Jacob Roy of Wisdom Middle/High School and Carson Theriault of Fort Kent Community High School have both signed with the University of Maine at Farmington Men’s Alpine Ski Team.
Roy and Theriault are joining an athletic program with a proven record of success as the UMF team qualified this past season for the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association Nationals, which took place in Lake Placid, New York.
“I chose Farmington because it’s in Maine, they have a great ski program, it’s away from home but not too far, and I can get a good education,” Roy, 17, said. “I enjoy ski racing because it’s different from most other sports. I love the skiing part of it the most but also, because of ski racing I get to travel and meet new people.”
“Farmington is, in Maine, the place to be at if you’re [going to] be skiing for a team,” Theriault, 18, said. “It’s right in the center of all the big mountains and there is a big ski culture over there. I’ve just skied my whole life. It just seems like the natural choice to move onto it in college.”
Roy and Theriault both said they began skiing at around the age of 2. They trained together with the Fort Kent ski team during high school.
“I joined the Mount Farlagne Racing Team in middle school. Once I got to high school I continued to train at Mount Farlagne in Edmundston, New Brunswick, and also trained with the Fort Kent High School ski team,” Roy said. “I trained with Fort Kent because Wisdom did not have enough students to make a team.”
Roy said he is undecided about his course of academic study at Farmington.
Theriault trained with the Valley Racing Team based out of Fort Kent as a youth.
“They prepare their skiers for high school for sure. They ski at a high level from a young age,” Theriault said.
Theriault will study environmental science at UMF, with plans to become an environmental consultant.
Both young men were also involved in other activities during high school. Roy participated in soccer and baseball all four years at Wisdom and played basketball his senior year.
Theriault played tennis, was president of the National Honor Society and served as student council treasurer.
Jacob Roy’s parents are Jonathan Roy and Michelle Roy of Frenchville. Carson Theriault’s parents are Paul Theriault and Kim Theriault of Fort Kent.