KENTS HILL — Kents Hill senior Ben Spencer won the Maine Association of Independent School Athletic Directors individual Alpine title for the third time in four years and finished 10-0 this season.

Spencer, of Litchfield, went 8-0 in the regular season and helped the Huskies to back-to-back MAISAD titles by winning the giant slalom and slalom races at the championships at Shawnee Peak in Bridgton.

“Ben has always been an extremely hard worker,” Kents Hill ski coach Steve Bell said. “He has a gift for feeling the snow and is very strong on his skis.”

Spencer, a three-time All-New England selection in the private school league, won the slalom title by nearly 9 seconds and won the giant slalom by 2.44 seconds. His four runs at the championship meet were the fastest of any competitor racing in the MAISAD championships.

“I was pretty excited,” Spencer said. “I am more of a slalom skier than GS, so I was really happy with my results.”

“I was pretty excited,” Spencer said. “I am more of a slalom skier than GS, so I was really happy with my results.”

Kents Hill is unique among Northern New England prep schools in that it provides on campus training for Alpine skiers. The O’Connor Alpine Training Center at Kents Hill gives Spencer a daily training ground on campus and features excellent terrain for slalom racers.

“Having the ski area to train on is definitely one of the reasons slalom is my best event,” Spencer said. “I have trained there a lot.”

Added Bell: “He is really committed to the sport. Every day he is on the hill training and working toward more consistency.”

Spencer had one opportunity this winter to race against top public school competitors in the Maranacook slalom race, held in late January at Kents Hill. He competed against, among others, Maranacook’s Alec Daigle and Matt Delmar, Mt. Blue’s Lucas Bonnevie and Spruce Mountain’s Cody Jacques.

Bonnevie, Daigle and Spencer were locked in a tight race after one run, separated by a mere five-hundredths of a second. Spencer pulled out the win, on his second run.

“Before the race I try to get a feel for the hill,” Spencer said. “When I’m racing I try to make it as smooth as I can and not go through the bumpy part of the course.”

During his four years at Kents Hill, the Alpine team has captured three MAISAD ski championships. Spencer’s strength on the course and in practice has been a key ingredient for the Huskies and their title success.

 


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