Windjammer Alpine skiers fast in home meet at Camden Snow BowlCamden Hills girls capture first victory, Morin earns top individual spot
Camden — The Camden Hills Regional High School Alpine ski team hosted a bundle of teams and their young downhill racers to the Camden Snow Bowl Saturday, Feb. 2 to compete on a long, challenging slalom course.
Temperatures for the races in the Camden Hills Invitational were in the 20s, but the sun shone brightly and the skiing was fast and fun, although technical difficulties forced the meet to begin an hour later than scheduled.
After the races began, however, it was smooth sailing for all the young student-athletes.
The meet was switched to a slalom course for safety reasons, said Windjammer coach Chris Christie. He said it also was the first time a slalom race was held from the top of Mussel Ridge.
Christie said the slalom course was the "longest and most difficult that the kids will face all year."
Despite the recent warm temperatures, which wrecked havoc on the snow conditions on the mountain, Christie said the work of the Snow Bowl grooming crew provided "world class conditions" on the hill.
In the meet, Camden Hills girls finished first and the Windjammers boys second, behind Maranacook of Readfield.
The girls team scores were: Camden Hills 27, Hampden Academy 33, Maranacook 44, Leavitt of Turner 50, John Bapst of Bangor 73, Lee Academy 98 and Orono, Bangor, Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln and Greenville no score.
The boys team scores were: Maranacook 17, Camden Hills 27, Hampden Academy 56, Leavitt 63, Lee Academy 91 and John Bapst 101.
Christie said the Windjammer girls turned in a "great effort … on a very difficult course. So proud of all of them for the way they handled the course and the situation."
There were 45 athletes in the girls race and 39 in the boys event.
For the Camden Hills girls, Lydia Morin finished first, Rose Flanagan fifth, Raine Ellison 10th, Martha Moskowitz 17th and Brynne Wrona 30th.
Christie said Morin earned her first high school victory. "Such an exciting time for Lydia. We talked about this a few weeks ago and she has worked very hard. With this win her confidence will continue to grow ... more good things are coming for her."
The coach said Flanagan turned in a "great effort" after battling a cold in recent weeks, and Ellison had her best result as a high school racer. " She had great training up on the hill the other day and brought it to the race," the coach said of Ellison.
Christie said he was proud of Moskowitz. "She also has been working on a couple of things with her skiing and it paid off. A top-20 finish for a first-year racer is a very impressive accomplishment."
Wrona sat in 15th place after her first run but fell on her second run. "Her skiing gets better each and every day," Christie said.
For the Camden Hills boys, Crockett Lalor finished second, Brendan Carey third, Adam Throne 10th, Aidan Gordon 13th, Chris Bresnahan 15th, Thatcher Chamberlin 16th Chapin Lamont 17th and Gavin Decker-Griffith 23rd.
Lalor continued his impressive skiing, said the coach. "Crockett has worked very hard on his tactical skiing. By being under control and balanced, he has set himself up to make some great improvements to his skiing. It is going to be fun to watch him the next few weeks."
The coach said Carey enjoyed his best race. "He also has worked very hard on his tactical skiing. He loves to work hard and it shows," Christie said.
Throne turned in the best race of his career, the coach said. "The last two weeks have been key for Adam ... he is getting stronger and faster each practice."
Gordon is a first-year racer who turned in a "great performance," said the coach, and Bresnahan continues to work hard. "With an increase in ability comes an increase in confidence ... put those two together and you have a top-15 finish," Christie said of Bresnahan.
Chamberlin also skied his best in recent weeks, while Lamont had a "tough day all-around … which is too bad because he had a great training day on that same hill the day before. But Chapin understands that is ski racing and he will rebound from it," the coach said.
Decker-Griffith continues to improve, the coach said.
Cole Ellison and Eben Kopp did not record two run times, but both skied well.
"A huge breakthrough day for Cole," said coach Christie. "He sat in fourth place after the first run and then in the middle of a turn on the steep section of the course, his ski came off. He was skiing unbelievably well ... the best I had ever seen from him."
Kopp experienced an "amazing week" leading up to Saturday's meet. "He made a huge change to his skiing, which is leaving him balanced and in control. There are good things to come for Eben during the conference and state championships," the coach said.
Jake Davee also skied well but but did not finish either of his two runs.
Jesse Dunn, a Watershed School student, finished 21st. Dunn is an independent athlete who trains and competes with Camden Hills. Christie said Dunn has shown dramatic improvement. "The team has really welcomed him to the group and he is certainly part of the team."
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