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Alpine skiers earn points in tough conditions







CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine -- The alpine teams resumed racing today at the Colby Carnival, after the giant slalom races were postponed yesterday due to poor conditions. Today was the final event of the Colby Carnival, which is doubling as the Eastern Championships.

The Bates' combined alpine and Nordic ski teams finished the carnival in seventh place out of 12 teams, with 566 points, ahead of St. Lawrence (551) and looking up at Williams (589). Both the alpine and Nordic teams will soon know who earned a coveted spot in this season's NCAA Championships taking place March 11-14. Bates is hosting the NCAA Championships with alpine events at Sunday River in Bethel, Maine and Nordic competition at Black Mountain in Rumford, Maine.

Only nine out of the original 12 men's alpine teams competed in the giant slalom event. Sophomore Ben Manter (Vassalboro, Maine) led the Bobcats with a 17th-place finish out of 40 competitors, with a combined time of 1:51.45.

After being disqualified in Friday's slaloms, first-year Bump Heldman (Auburn, Maine) rebounded with an 18th-place finish, with a combined time of 1:51.56. Sophomore John Canney (North Clarendon, Vt.) recorded his second point-scoring performance on the weekend with a 28th-place finish, with a combined time of 1:54.99. Ten men's racers did not finish one of their two giant slalom races on the day.

The Bates men's alpine team finished the giant slalom event in eighth-place with 62 points. The Bobcats were well ahead of Harvard (32) and just behind Middlebury (71).

The women's alpine skiers also struggled in the giant slalom today. Only eight of the original 12 teams competed in the event. The Bates team managed to record three point-scoring perfomances in the event, led by sophomore Micaela Holland's (Belmont, Mass.) 26th-place finish out of 37 competitors, with a combined time of 1:58.50. Senior tri-captain Emily Sampson (Plymouth, N.H.) was next in 28th place, with a combined time of 1:59.04. First-year Brit Hastings (Hanover, N.H.) was the third point-scorer for Bates with a 35th-place finish, with a combined time of 2:06.59.

Eleven female racers did not finish one of their two giant slalom races on the day, including Bates skiers Liz Thompson (Rangeley, Maine), Kristin Waddle (Harpswell, Maine) and Megan Papineau (Keene Valley, N.Y.). The Bates women's alpine team finished the giant slalom in eighth place with 50 points

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Three-time NCAA Championship qualifier and senior tri-captain Liz Thompson raced to an eighth place finish, her highest finish on the season. Thompson finished with a time of 45.33 seconds. Also, finishing strong in the slalom event was fellow tri-captain Megan Papineau  who finished in 17th-place with a time of 47.05. seconds. Papineau has qualified for the NCAA Championships twice in her career.

Rounding out the point-scorers for the women was the final captain, Emily Sampson, with a 20th-place finish in a time of 47.70 seconds. Like Papineau, Sampson has qualified for the NCAA Championship twice in her career. Although she didn't score points, first-year Kristin Waddle was right behind Sampson with a solid 21st-place finish in a time of 48.19 seconds. Waddle is competing for her first trip to the NCAA Championship.

After today's slalom race, the women sit in fifth place out of 10 teams, with 79 points, just ahead of St. Lawrence (76) and well ahead of Colby (68) and Williams (64).

On the men's side, first-year Alex Jones (Whitehouse Station, N.J.) led the way in the slalom with a 13th-place finish, his highest of the season, with a time of 48.48 seconds. Sophomore Ben Manter was next in 16th place with a time of 49.14 seconds. Rounding out the top three point-scorers for Bates was sophomore John Canney in 26th place with a time of 52.01 seconds. First-year phenom Bump Heldman was disqualified in his only run of the day.

View complete carnival results at http://www.eisaskiing.org/BART/Results09/mc09.htm.