Lalor, Ellison, Carey lead Camden Hills boys to second in first raceDefending state Class B champion Windjammer girls eighth
Rumford — The Camden Hills boys and girls Alpine ski teams began the 2012-13 season on Friday, Jan. 4 at Black Mountain, as the Windjammers were among the 13 schools in pursuit team victories.
The Windjammer boys nearly made that a reality, but fell just short, finishing one point behind team winner Mt. Blue of Farmington to finish second among the 13 teams. The Windjammer girls, the defending state Class B champions, finished eighth among 12 teams.
The Camden Hills boys had two racers — Crockett Lalor and Cole Ellison — finish among the top five.
The team scores for the boys giant slalom were: Mount Blue, 312; Camden Hills, 311; Edward Little of Auburn, 291; Spruce Mountain of Jay/Livermore Falls, 291; Mountain Valley of Rumford, 270; Oxford Hills of South Paris, 262; Maranacook of Readfield, 243; Skowhegan, 192; Telstar of Bethel, 161; Mount Abram of Strong, 126; Hampden Academy, 102; Leavitt of Turner, 94; and Lewiston, 48.
The team scores for the girls giant slalom were: Mount Abram, 218; Oxford Hills, 218; Mountain Valley, 206; Edward Little, 199; Maranacook, 197; Mount Blue, 182; Hampden Academy, 180; Camden Hills, 179; Spruce Mountain, 157; Leavitt, 105; Skowhegan, 79; and Telstar, 74.
The individual Windjammer boys results among 92 racers were: 2, Lalor; 4, Ellison; 8, Brendan Carey; 23, Chapin Lamont; 24, Eben Kopp; 39, Adam Throne; 53, Aidan Gordon; and 60, Chris Bresnahan. Thatcher Chamberlain received a did not finish after losing a ski during his first run.
The individual Windjammer girls results among 68 racers: 6, Lydia Morin; 8, Rose Flanagan; 35, Brynne Wrona; and 48, Martha Moskowitz. Raine Ellison received a did not finish after injuring her hand following her first run.
"Great first race for the boys team," said veteran Windjammer coach Chris Christie. "To finish second place out of 12 teams is a great opening statement. The vacation training camps were very good [for us], with a major emphasis being placed on fundamentals. It should pay off come championship time."
The coach said the Windjammer girls skied well and placed two racers among the top 10. "A few other skiers also received valuable experience which will help as the season develops," he said.
Christie said Ellison is stronger due to his successful mountain bike season in the fall and Lamont nearly fell in the first run and finished 41st, but a 15th-place second run vaulted him to 23rd overall. The coach said Gordon had a "great" first race.
Christie said Morin had a "super start" to the season and Flanagan an "incredible start" to her high school racing career.
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