Hall and Rabon Top Maine Juniors to Repeat as Tenth Mountain Division Champs
The Junior classic race at the U.S. Cross-Country Skiing Championships in Rumford, ME helped to determine the U.S. teams to the World Junior Championships and the J1 Scandinavian Trip. But, those were not the only titles determined on the tracks at Black Mountain that day: Maine's Tenth Mountain Division Junior Cross Country Championship went to Rachel Hall and Tom Rabon for the second consecutive year.
Maine's Tenth Mountain Division Championship is held annually in conjunction with the highest caliber cross country skiing and biathlon junior races hosted in the state each year. This season's cross country title coincided with the running of the junior classic competition at the U.S. Cross-Country Skiing Championships.
Hall, of Cumberland, earned the top spot for Maine skiers in the ladies 5km with a time of 15:41.0. Hall is a freshman at Middlebury College in Vermont and races for the storied Middlebury Ski Team. Hall outpaced runner up Molly Siegel (16:53.8) of Gould Academy and Sadie James (17:08.2) of Mt. Abram High School by a large margin.
In the boy's race, Tom Rabon, of Turner, again took top spot. Rabon, who attends Burke Mountain Academy, continues to show amazing improvement. His state-leading time over the 10km junior course was 29:13.4. MWSC's Sam Humphries (30:06.2) of Cumberland, and Falmouth's Nathan Moreau (30:24.2) skiing for Cambridge Sport Union, trailed Rabon by a wide margin. Rabon's performances over the week of racing earned him a place on the U.S. J1 Men's Team to the Scandinavian Trip.
The Tenth Mountain Division Junior Biathlon Championship will be held in conjunction with the Maine State Biathlon Championships opening March 24th in Fort Kent.