March 13th (Rumford, ME): Â Down by nearly 500 points after three events, Maine’s Eastern High School Championship team came within 87 points of winning the 2004 Banknorth Eastern High School Championships. Â In the final event Sunday, the 6.6km classic race, Maine placed four girls in the top 10, compared to Vermont’s one, and the Maine boys placed 8 in the top 20, to Vermont’s Â 6. Â Stellar performances by Mount Blue High School’s Ian McPherran (7th) and Mathew Dunlap (8th), Greely High School’s Ben Knowles (9th), the County’s Kale Dubay (13th) and Blake Sherwood (14th), and Cape Elizabeth’s Nick Kline (15th) were the norm. Meanwhile, in the girls race it was the Cape and Coasties – Yarmouth High School’s Kalie Dunn and Cape Elizabeth’s Elise Moody-Roberts stood atop the podium, 2nd and 3rd with Cape’s Kate Barton 5th, and Greely High School’s Samantha Bowden 7th.
Kalie Dunn (Yarmouth HS) won the girls overall, with Liz Kantack (Kennett HS/NH) 2nd, and Kate Barton tied for third with Jen McGowen (Mt.Mansfield/VT), while Elise Moody-Roberts (Cape Elizabeth HS) was fifth. Silas Gill (Burke Mountain Academy/VT) won the Boys’ Overall, ahead of Shane MacDowell (Hoosac HS/MA), with Ben Knowles (GreelyHS) third, Ben Hickory(PeoplesHS/VT) fourth, and Ian McPherran (Mt. Blue HS) fifth.
www.NENSA.net and www.ChisholmSkiClub.org