The Best and the Fastest — Dussault and Wesson – at Banknorth Eastern Cup Sprints, Maine Winter Sports Center, Fort Kent, Maine.
December 30 (Fort Kent, ME):Â Today's Banknorth Eastern Cup Sprints at the 10th Mountain Division Lodge in Fort Kent, Maine, brought out the best of the U.S. and Canadians, fighting for points and prize money. The best fought race went to Rebecca Dussault, who fell twice in the first 200meters of the Women’s final, but scrambled from the back of the pack for the win by over two seconds. (See photo).
The Sprint event in cross-country skiing is the race of the elite — after skiing a 1-kilometer qualification race, only the top 16 racers in each age group advance to the quarter, semi and final heats of four racers each.Â
J2 (age 14-15): After cruising to wins in her quarter and semi final heats, Holderness School’s Joy Erdman was nipped at the line by Canadian Natasha Landry of Bathurst, ONT who won the Girls J2 (age 14-15) age group.
J1/OJ (age 16-19): Girls again, although Freeport, Maine’s Jessica Herald dominated every heat, it was Cape Elizabeth, Maine’s Kate Barton, who got the win in the final, ahead of Holderness School’s Joy Erdman. For the boys it was Dylan McGuffin, from the Maine Winter Sports Center, from first heat to final.
U23 (under age 23):Â Also from the Maine Winter Sports Center, Justin Easter got the hard-fought win in the extremely competitive U23 group, while Middlebury College’s Berkley Leach time-trialed to her win.
The next event on the Banknorth Eastern Cup circuit will be January 10th at Black Mountain, in Rumford, Maine. The Chisholm Ski Club is also hosting the Chevy Trucks U.S. National Cross-country Ski Championships, which begin Sunday, January 3rd with the men’s 30km and the women’s 15km classic (www.ChisholmSkiClub.org).