Camden Hills second in New England championshipsThirteen-time state champs set to host final meet Oct. 27
Rockport — The Camden Hills mountain bike team continues to roll, as the season winds to a close, with three more impressive recent performances and it appears, after all the regular-season race results have been tallied, the Windjammers again have captured the state high school points series for the 14th time.
Camden Hills will host the state championship races on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. at the Camden Snow Bowl.
Competing in the New England championships Oct. 14 at Highland Mountain Bike Park in Northfield, N.H., the Windjammers rolled to a second-place finish behind Proctor Academy of Andover, N.H.
Team scores for the event were: Proctor Academy, 472; Camden Hills, 458; KUA, 365; KHS, 352; Rutland, 313; LA, 260; Dublin, 252; Gould Academy of Bethel, 228; and Tilton, 217.
Camden Hills' top rider Cole Ellison did not finish due to a flat tire suffered during the race, a development that might have made a difference in the team results.
Despite losing Ellison, the 'Jammers thrived and turned in many top-notch performances.
"The race conditions were fast, technical and muddy, but Camden always seems to step it up in the worst conditions," said Camden Hills coach Casey Leonard. "We train on very technical trails, so they were ready."
Camden Hills won the New England championship last season.
Windjammer Connor Lane finished third in the "B" Division and Bekah Hilt second in the "G" (female) division, giving both racers the opportunity to stand on the podium at the end of the day.
"I was very impressed with how Bekah Hilt rode at the New Englands," said Leonard. "She has fierce determination to win and I was so excited to see her on the podium. She will be one of Camden's top riders next season for sure."
Leonard also said both Hilt and Lane overcame injuries this season so "these wins are huge for them."
In Category A, Camden Hills racers included: 6, Eliot Grigo, 56:31; 7, Cade Patten, 57:54; 8, Alex Mansius, 57:55; 11, Chapin Lamont, 1:00:49; 13, Evan Hannibal, 1:01:36; and 14, Jacob Booth, 1:03:11.
In Category B, Camden Hills racers included: 3, Lane, 43:11; 4, Max Southam, 43:21; 12, Casey Rouleau, 54:48; and 15, Joe Simmons, 1:13:10.
In Category G, Camden Hills racers included: 2, Hilt, 25:07; and 6, Willow Parker, 33:32.
At Bethel Oct. 13, the Windjammers continued to impress en route to yet another regular-season win.
The Windjammers amassed 194 points to win the event, while Gould Academy (154), Carrabassett Valley Academy (86) and Kents Hill (10) rounded out the four competing teams.
Results from the Camden Hills varsity racers from the Gould Invitational included: 1, Ellison, 39:25; 6, Patten, 43:20; 8, Caleb Whitney, 44:59; 10, Hannibal, 45:17; 11, Lamont, 45:25; 14, Mansius, 46:27; 15, Booth, 46:36 and 20, Hilt, 56:25.
In the junior varsity race, Gould Academy (125) took first place, while Kents Hill (118), Camden Hills (6) and Carrabassett Valley Academy (no points) rounded out the four competing teams.
Results from the Camden Hills junior varsity racers from the Gould Invitational include: 15, Rouleau, 27:30; 40, Parker, 34:08; and 41, Simmons, 34:22.
At Carrabassett Valley Oct. 6, the Windjammers rolled to another victory and stayed unbeaten on the year.
The Windjammers amassed 270 points to win the varsity race, while Gould Academy (170), Carrabassett Valley Academy (46) and Kents Hill (12) rounded out the four competing teams.
Results for the Camden Hills varsity racers from the Carrabassett Valley Academy Invitational Oct. 6 include: 1, Ellison, 41:35; 3, Grigo, 41:55; 5, Patten, 43:19; 6, Whitney, 43:53; 9, Lamont, 47:10; 10, Mansius, 47:11; 11, Hannibal, 48:04; 14, Booth, 48:36; and 18, Hilt, 51:11.
In the junior varsity race, Gould Academy (85) took first place, while Kents Hill (57), Carrabassett Valley Academy (43) and Camden Hills (40) rounded out the four competing teams.
Results for the Camden Hills junior varsity racers from the CVA include: 4, Brendan Carey, 42:11; 6, Jared Gilbert, 43:22; 24, Rouleau, 55:37; 26, Tyler Leighton, 56:41; 27, Quinn Duggan, 58:08; and 46, Margaux Scott, 1:16.28.
Results from the team's most recent meet were unavailable, but will be included later in another story.
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