RUMFORD, Maine - The Bowdoin College nordic ski team finished as runners-up at the 2011 Broomhall Cup, the de facto Maine State Championship, on Sunday afternoon at Black Mountain. In a field that consisted of the five collegiate nordic skiing programs in Maine, the Polar Bears were narrowly edged by Colby College for the title.
After finishing third overall in the competition's first four years, Bowdoin elevated to second place after a fantastic showing that included several All-State performances. Colby earned the crown with a cumulative team score of 30 points with the Polar Bears finishing just five points behind with 35. Bates took third with 44 points, followed by Maine-Presque Isle (89) and Maine-Orono (118).
Wilson Dippo (28.43.4) and Spencer Eusden (28:44.5) placed second and third, respectively, in the men's 10K classic race to lead the Polar Bear finishers. Kaitlynn Miller (33:18.2) and Hannah Wright (34:04.06) paced the women's squad in the 10K classic.
Dippo, Eusden, Miller and Wright all earned First Team All-State honors thanks to their performances. James Crimp, who finished seventh in the men's race, and Scott Longwell, who placed ninth, earned Second Team All-State recognition.
The Polar Bears will return to their regular-season Eastern Intercollegiate Skiing Association schedule this Friday and Saturday at the University of Vermont Carnival in Stowe.