RUMFORD, Maine – University of Maine at Farmington nordic skier Alisha Labbe (Turner, Maine/Leavitt) won the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) Katadhim Nordic 15-kilometer race on Saturday afternoon, hosted at Black Mountain.
Labbe crossed the line at 55:17, which was nearly a full second ahead of the competition for the top spot. Megan Morrison (Dixfield, Maine/Dirigo) followed in fourth place with a time of 1:04:51. Ellie Pinto (Essex, Vt./Essex) trailed Morrison in fifth place at 1:12:39 and Krystal Blood (East Dixfield, Maine/Dirigo) finished seventh at 1:28:46.
In the men's 15-kilometer race, Calen Mendall (Manchester, Maine/Home School) placed second overall with a time of 51:33. Bryce Neal (New Gloucester, Maine/Gray-New Gloucester) trailed Mendall for third place at 53:01 and Joshua Richards (Damariscotta, Maine/Lincoln Academy) came in fourth place at 1:03:19.
In the sit skier race, Christina Kouros (Cape Elizabeth, Maine/Cape Elizabeth) won the event and finished the race at 28:20.
The UMaine-Farmington nordic team hits the course again on Sunday at Black Mountain and the alpine team returns to the slopes at Sunday River.