Player of the Week: Maya Critchfield

By Wayne E. Rivet
Staff Writer

Not everyone is cut out to be a Nordic skier.

“It takes a hardy soul to join the Lake Region High School Nordic ski team. It entails being out in the freezing cold and skiing so hard you practically collapse from exhaustion at the end of each race,” said LR Nordic ski coach Gloria Verrill.

Maya Critchfield is one of those hardy souls.

“Maya is the type of athlete a coach loves to have on their team; she is dedicated to her sport and to the team. She trains hard to prepare herself for competition, seeks out ways to better her skills, and is looked up to, because of this, by her teammates,” Coach Verrill said. “She also mentors the younger skiers. She’s the glue that holds the team together.” This season, Maya is the team’s top Nordic skier in both Skate and Classical disciplines.

“Maya takes it all in stride, (no pun intended). She’s a great kid and a talented athlete,” Coach Verrill added.

In recognition of her strong work ethic, determination, commitment and good sportsmanship, Maya is this week’s Boosters and Hancock Lumber “Player of the Week.” Each week, a Lake Region athlete is recognized for his/her dedication (does more than what is asked), work ethic, coachability and academic good standing. Recipients receive a specially-designed t-shirt, sponsored by Hancock Lumber.

The Critchfield File

Name: Maya Critchfield

Year in School: Junior

Town: Casco

Parents: Lisa Willey-Critchfield and Bob Critchfield

School Activities/Sports: Cross country running, Nordic skiing and Band.

Q. Why did you choose Nordic skiing? Because it is a fun sport and a great way to get outside in the winter! You can also meet a lot of great people in the sport.

Q. What do you hope to accomplish this season? My goal for the season was to place in the Top 20 in each race.

Q. What do you enjoy the most? When I feel like I’ve had a really good race.

Q. What do you like the least? Icy conditions.

Q. What makes you successful? My positive attitude.

Q. What would your dream moment be? To stand on the podium at Western Maine Conference (Championships).

Q. What has Nordic skiing taught you? Perseverance.

Q. Who has inspired you? All of my friends from other Nordic teams. We encourage each other at races and always cheer each other on. It’s really nice to have that extra support on the trail.

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