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Nordic skiers win Broomhall Cup

PRESQUE ISLE -- Not even a bear and two cubs could stop the Colby College Nordic ski program from winning the Chummy Broomhall Cup (Maine State Championships) for the sixth time.

The Mules and Bates College have won six championships. However, Bowdoin College finished ahead of the Bobcats this year.
 
There was a delay of 30 minutes for the women's race due to a discovery of a bear den near the trail.
 
"The men likely skied right by the den, but saw it on their cool down," Colby head coach Tracey Cote said. "They changed the course for the women. That's the first time that's ever happened to me at a race."
 
Zane Fields, already the winner of two Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) races, dominated the men's race. He had a time of 23 minutes, 38.3 seconds over the 10-kilometer trail.
 
Foss Kerker took fourth place for the Mules in 24:31.0, Sam Sinkler was seventh in 24:52.2, Scott Harrison finished 11th in 25:04.0, Ian Liphart took 12th with a 25:04.5, and Gabe Forest was 14th in 25:12.6.
 
For the Colby women, Kirsten Miller took second place over 10 kilometers. Marin Coletta was fifth, Claire Waichler took sixth, and Talia Seltzer placed ninth. The Mules also had top-15 performances from Anniak Martell in 13th, Meg Yoder in 14th, and Lilly Naimie posting a 15th.
 
The Mules had a low score of 25 to defeat Bowdoin (30), Bates (39), Maine-Presque Isle (84), and Maine-Farmington (96).
 
"Chummy just passed away this year, so it's a special win for sure," Cote said. "It was a real team effort, with three first-year women scoring for us and having to perform under pressure."
 
Colby won the title in 2016, but Bates came into this year as the defending champions.