Raiders ski well in the Telstar Relays

By Lloyd Jones

FRYEBURG — The Fryeburg Academy boys' and girls' cross-country ski teams got an opportunity to six up the rest of the Class A teams from across the Pine Tree State on Saturday when they skied in the annual Telstar Relays in Bethel, Maine.

"We had a good day," said John Weston, Raiders' head coach. "All in all our first team was sixth in the A race and the second group was fifth in the B race. We were happy with how things went. We posted some solid times. Telstar doesn't do as many races as it used to, but this was actually on a course I raced in high school so it brought back some memories. The course is a lot like us at Starks Hill.

"This was a big race," he continued. "It's probably the second most attended race of the year. It's really the first time when everyone get together. It's centrally located and tends to draw a lot of schools. We got to see a lot of Class A schools that we don't typically see early in the season."

Weston was able to figure out all of the results, and based on that, the girls from Fryeburg would have finished tied for fifth overall behind only one other Class A school, while the Fryeburg boys were in the top 10.

The format for Saturday's race was a four-person coe-ed 3K skate (freestyle) race.

In the A Wave, Gould Academy took team honors, finishing in 30:38 to edge Maine Coast, which was second in 30:42, while Mt. Blue took third in 32:00.

Fryeburg was sixth in 34:16, with Ben Caffrey (7:49), Emily Carty (9:01), Alfie Walker (8:21) and Zoe Maguire (9:03) racing for the Raiders.

There were 32 team in the A Wave and 28 in the B Wave.

Yarmouth won the B Wave race in 36:48. Maine Coast was second in 36:50, while Portland grabbed third in 37:28.

Fryeburg was fifth in 38:04, with Seth Johnston (8:45), Faye Taylor (10:30), Elijah Howe (9:35) and Irina Norkin (9:13) asking for the Raiders.

Individuals who raced for the Raiders included Sam Paulding, whom as 18th overall in 9:08, and Ethan Reinbach, 27th, 9:50.

Fryeburg is scheduled to head to Pineland in New Gloucester on Wednesday (3:30 p.m.) for a skate race (was switched from a classical due to the weather forecast).

"Hopefully it won't rain too hard," Weston said. "It should be done by the time we race."

Also scheduled to race are Cape Elizabeth, Freeport, Falmouth, Gray, Maine Central and Wells.