|Bates junior Ben Manter becomes Bates' first All-American in downhill skiing since 2001. (File photo by Lincoln Benedict '09).|
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. -- Bates College junior Ben Manter (Vassalboro, Maine) claimed 10th place Friday night in the Men's Slaloms portion of the NCAA Collegiate Skiing Championships, securing All-America honors. Manter becomes Bates' first downhill skier to win All-America honors since Kyle Hildebrand '02 and Kim Rogers '03 both did so in 2001.
- Read the story about Ben Manter in the Portland Press Herald.
Manter's 10th place combined with sophomore teammate Bump Heldman's (Auburn, Maine) 32nd-place finish in the slalom to score an additional 38 points for Bates' combined Nordic and alpine ski teams. Bates' combined Nordic and alpine skiing teams scored 98 points in all, good for 16th place out of 22 teams, fourth among Division III teams. It is the fifth top-16 national finish in a row for the Bobcats.
Junior Nordic skier Natalie Ruppertsberger (Plainfield, N.H.) competes in the Women's 15K Mass Start Free Technique race.
Manter's first run checked in at 37,87 seconds, 15th best among the 34 competitors. Conditions were more challenging during the second run, and Manter's time of 38.83 seconds was 10th best, for a combined time of 1:16.70, only .02 seconds behind ninth-place Joshua Kernan of Colby, and the same margin ahead of 11th-place AJ Avrin of Dartmouth.
Two days after placing a team-best 24th in the giant slalom, Heldman accepted 32nd place with a combined time of 1:52.64 in the slaloms, which tended to be his better event this year.
GIANT SLALOMS (WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10)
Heldman and Manter finished 24th and 26th, respectively, out of 35 competitors Wednesday as the NCAA Collegiate Skiing Championships got under way with the giant slaloms.
Heldman had a two-run combined time of 1:51.66, just .03 seconds behind Colby's Kernan for 23rd and one-hundredth of a second ahead of Montana State's Chris Barber. Manter was only one more hundredth of a second behind Barber, at 1:51.68. After him, there was a significant dropoff: host team Colorado's Drew Roberts was 27th in 1:58.81.
Also on Wednesday, Bates' alpine and Nordic ski teams had seven members named to the EISA All-Academic Intercollegiate Ski Team, presented by the United States Collegiate Ski Coaches Association. Athletes received the award for having a grade point average of 3.5 or higher in the fall semester and for competing in the Eastern Regional Ski Championships. All-Academic awardees were senior Nordic skier Abby Samuelson (Freeport, Maine), senior Nordic skier Ben Smeltzer (Waterbury Center, Vt.), senior Nordic skier Brandon Cooper (Aspen, Colo.), Ruppertsberger, first-year Nordic skier Corey Hill (Keene, N.H.), first-year Nordic skier Lucas Milliken (North Yarmouth, Maine) and senior alpine skier John Canney (North Clarendon, Vt.).