Nordic, alpine events both set to go on Wednesday at NCAAs

Micaela Holland's best finish in her previous two appearances at NCAAs was 18th place in the slalom in 2009. (File photo by Lincoln Benedict '09)








STOWE, Vt. -- The 2011 NCAA National Collegiate Skiing Championships will go off with a bigger bang than usual on Wednesday, with a full slate of competition in both the alpine and Nordic disciplines. The giant slalom, originally scheduled for Thursday, was moved up a day to Thursday, meaning all six of Bates' athletes at NCAAs will compete tomorrow.

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The women's 5K Freestyle individual start race, to be held at Trapp Family Resort, is set to begin at 12 p.m. on Wednesday. Bates senior Natalie Ruppertsberger (Plainfield, N.H.) will be making her third NCAA appearance, but expect fellow senior Kirsten Gill (Jackson, N.H.) to rise to the occasion in her first NCAA race, in the race that most seems to play to her strengths: Gill had her career-best fourth-place finish in the 5K Freestyle at the Dartmouth Carnival on Feb. 11; she also was seventh in the 5K Freestyle at the Bates Carnival on Feb. 26 and took sixth in the 10K Freestyle in the season opener at St. Lawrence.

At Stowe Mountain Resort's Spruce Peak Mainstreet, where the alpine competition takes place, the women's first run of the giant slalom begins at 8:30 a.m. It will mark the third NCAA appearance for Bates senior captain Micaela Holland (Belmont, Mass.).

After the women's competition concludes, the men's first runs get started at 1 p.m. These races will feature a full contingent of three Bobcats, in senior John Canney (North Clarendon, Vt.), junior Bump Heldman (Auburn, Maine) and senior one-time All-American Ben Manter (Vassalboro, Maine). Both Heldman and Manter are making their second NCAA appearance, while it is the first for Canney.

As of now, the rest of the NCAA schedule is unchanged. Friday will see Gill and Ruppertsberger in the women's 15K Classic Mass Start race, taking place at 9:30 a.m. On Saturday, the slalom competition wraps up NCAAs, with the men's first run at 9 a.m. and the women's first run at 10:15 a.m.

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