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Manter, Heldman finish among EISA's top 20 at Middlebury







MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Bates junior Ben Manter (Vassalboro, Maine) had his second top-20 placing in as many days on Sunday in the giant slalom portion of the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association Championships.

Manter tied Middlebury's Jacob Lund for 19th place out of 59 competitors at Middlebury Snow Bowl with a two-run combined time of 2:06.34, a day after he finished 16th out of 71 competitors Saturday in the men's slalom. Manter finishes the carnival season at 17th place in the EISA's final NCAA Qualifier List rankings, near the cusp of qualifying for the upcoming NCAA Championships in Steamboat, Colo.

Bates sophomore Bump Heldman (Auburn, Maine), placed 27th with a time of 2:07.10, and he ends the season ranked 19th on the NCAA qualifier list. Sophomore Alex Jones (Whitehouse Station, N.J.) was 34th in 2:09.73.

Bates' alpine and Nordic ski teams combined to place eighth place out of 17 teams at the carnival with 492 points, 28 behind seventh-place Williams.

The Bates women's squad was led by sophomore Kristin Waddle (Harpswell, Maine), who was 25th in the giant slalom with a two-run combined time of 2:11.55. Junior Micaela Holland (Belmont, Mass.) was close behind in 29th at 2:11.73, and first-year Caitlin Forbes (Hanover, Maine) was 38th in 2:14.47.

In Saturday's slaloms, Manter's two-run combined time was 1:36.45, good for 16th place. Following him for the Bates men was Alex Jones in a tie for 24th place at 1:39.16, while the remaining Bates men were either disqualified or didn't finish their second run.

On the women's side, Micaela Holland led the way by finishing 21st out of 67 competitors with a two-run combined time of 1:38.38. She was followed by Caitlin Forbes in 34th (1:41.40) and Kristin Waddle in 36th (1:41.94).

Link to Middlebury Carnival results