2012-12-26 / Sports & Outdoors

Mt. Abram Nordic team competes in early season


Mt. Abram’s Jay Chenard powers up a difficult rise in the uphill sprint during the Billy Chenard Memorial Scholarship Race held at Sugarloaf. (Heidi Murphy photos) Mt. Abram’s Jay Chenard powers up a difficult rise in the uphill sprint during the Billy Chenard Memorial Scholarship Race held at Sugarloaf. (Heidi Murphy photos) SALEM - The Mt. Abram Nordic ski team recently competed in early season races, both memorial events for Billy Chenard, the 1972 Junior National Champion in the Nordic Combined event, and member of the U.S. Ski Team. Chenard’s son, Jay, races for the Mt. Abram Nordic team.

The Chisholm Chill/Billy Chenard Memorial 3K Trail Race, was held on Dec. 8 at Black Mountain. Chenard was a life-long member of the mountain’s Chisholm Ski Club.

The event was a foot race held on the Nordic trails.

In the High School Men’s division, Jay Chenard placed 14th in a field of 25 runners with a time of 13:22.1. Other MTA racers were: Trevor Brackley, 15th, 13.39.3; Sriwong Ratthasak, 17th, 14.17.2; and Thomas Faraday, 20th, 15.50.2. Placing first in the High School Men’s race was Seth Tacheny of Dirigo, with a time of 11.43.4.

In the adult races, Trent Rosenberg, of Kingfield placed first with a time of 12:06.2. Rosenberg, who formerly raced for Mt. Abram, is currently a post-grad student at Gould.

Mt. Abram’s Nordic Coaches, Buzz and Sally Bean also raced in the adult divisions. Sally Bean placed first for the women with a time of 16:19.2. Buzz Bean placed fourth in the men’s division with a time of 14.04.4.

The Billy Chenard Memorial Scholarship Race was held Saturday, Dec. 15 on the slope under Skidder Chair at Sugarloaf. It was an uphill sprint.

Dustin Ramsay, skiing for Hampden, won the High School boys’ race in a field of 26, with a time of 2:13.0.

Two Mt. Abram Nordic skiers place in the top ten. Mt. Abram’s Jay Chenard placed second with a time of 2:27.0; and Thomas Faraday came in sixth with a time of 2:46.4.

Courtland Talmage placed 11th (3:11.8); Draegan Tooker 12th (3:18.6) and Trevor Brackely 16 (3:31.8). All were well within the top 20 racers’ times.

Mt. Abram’s Emma Houston and Riley Romanoski placed first and second respectively in the girls division. Houston’s time was 3:15.7 and Romanoski came in at 3:34.1.

Trent Rosenberg also competed for Gould in the Open Class and placed first with a time of 2:25.7.

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