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Bates in 12th place after two days at NCAA Skiing Championships

Megan Papineau '09 has earned 28 of Bates' 118 team points to this point in the competition.

ATTITASH, N.H. -- Bates College sophomore Megan Papineau (Keene, N.Y.) placed 12th in the women's giant slalom Thursday at the NCAA Skiing Championships, leading three Bobcats in the top 26 in the event.

Racing on hard snow in bitter cold at Attitash's Illusion run, Papineau had times of 1:17.37 and 1:16.73 on the day, for a combined time of 2:34.10, just 0.10 seconds behind Vermont's Kara Crow for 11th place. Papineau finished 17th in the giant slalom at last year's NCAAs in Colorado.

Papineau's teammates and classmates Liz Thompson (Rangeley, Maine) and Emily Sampson (Plymouth, N.H.) came in 21st and 26th, respectively, with aggregate times of 2:37.37 and 2:38.73. With a combined 61 points, Bates placed sixth in the women's giant slalom event, ahead of such competitors as Vermont (57), Middlebury (51) and Williams (42).

Later Thursday on the men's side, Bates junior Leo Menard (Portland, Maine) finished in 22nd place with a two-run combined time of 2:25.70, while junior teammate Dan Loman (Killington, Vt.) came in 30th place at 2:27.07.

After the first two days of the NCAA Skiing Championships, Bates is in 12th place with 118 points, situated between the University of Alaska-Anchorage (124) and the University of New Hampshire (107). The NCAAs continue Friday with the final Nordic events. Bates sophomore Sylvan Ellefson (Vail, Colo.) will compete in the 20K Free Classic race at Jackson, N.H.

View the complete NCAA results here.