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Nordic ski team claims Broomhall Cup as Maine state champion

Maine Winter Sports Center CEO Andy Shepard, center, presents the first annual Broomhall Cup to, from left, assistant Nordic ski coach Bob Flynn, Interim Director of Athletics Dana Mulholland, head Nordic ski coach Becky Woods and assistant Nordic ski coach Jordi St. John.

RUMFORD, Maine -- The Bates College Nordic ski team claimed the first annual Maine Collegiate Nordic Ski Championships Broomhall Cup at the culmination of the three-day Tour de Rumford competition, where the top cross-country skiers in New England and beyond competed. The Bobcats totaled 185 points to outpace in-state rivals Colby (171), Bowdoin (132), UMPI (105), UMaine-Orono (48) and UMaine-Fort Kent (11).

According to the New England Nordic Ski Association website, Bates claimed the cup by building a huge lead on the first day of competition and skiing well enough to hold off a fast charging Colby team on the second day. Bates head coach Becky Woods, along with assistants Bob Flynn and Jordi St. John, accepted the award from Maine Governor John Baldacci at the conclusion of the event. The prize is an overall team award combining the score of both the men’s and women’s teams from Maine’s colleges.

Sylvan Ellefson '09

Haleigh Armstrong '09

Bates sophomore Sylvan Ellefson (Vail, Colo.) had an outstanding season-opening performance, finishing fourth in the open men's field and second among Maine college skiers in the 9.5-kilometer free race on Sunday, and third in the 9.5K Classical (first among Maine college skiers) race the day before. Bates sophomores Tim Whiton (Portland, Maine) and Sam Evans-Brown (Gilmanton Iron Works, N.H.) were both among the top six in both races as well.

On the women's side, sophomore Haleigh Armstrong (Vail, Colo.) led the way on Saturday by placing first among Maine collegiate women in the women's 4.6K Classic race. Senior Emily Poole (Yarmouth, Maine), first-year Abby Samuelson (Freeport, Maine), sophomore Gretchen Grebe (Carbondale, Colo.), senior Erin Bougie (New Sweden, Maine) and Armstrong claimed spots 4 through 8 in Sunday's 9.5K Free race.

The Chummy Broomhall Cup is the first annual Maine Collegiate Nordic Ski Championships Broomhall Cup and is named in honor of Rumford native, 10th Mountain Division veteran, two-time Olympian and the head of the Chisholm Ski Club, Wendall “Chummy” Broomhall.

To view the Broomhall Cup standings and other results from the weekend, click here.