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Heldman fourth in giant slalom at Bates Carnival/Eastern Regionals

Bump Heldman '12 had his second top-five finish in as many days at the Bates Carnival/NCAA East Region Championships. (File photo by Lincoln Benedict '09)








NEWRY, Maine -- Junior Bump Heldman (Auburn, Maine) had a career-best fourth-place finish on Sunday in the giant slaloms at the Bates Carnival, doubling as the NCAA East Region Championships, leading the Bates men's alpine team to its second straight big day as the EISA carnival season came to a close.

Heldman had a two-run combined time of 2:27.67, including a second run of 1:13.39 that was the fourth best of any competitor on the day, for an overall finish of fourth among 70 competitors. Heldman tied his best carnival finish yesterday in the slaloms when he took fifth place.

Senior captain John Canney (North Clarendon, Vt.) had his second straight huge day, coming in 12th in 2:29.31 after taking 11th place in Saturday's slaloms. Fellow senior captain Ben Manter (Vassalboro, Maine) was 14th in 2:29.61, a day after finishing 15th in the slalom, as the Bates men took fourth place out of 12 squads in the event.

Senior Micaela Holland (Belmont, Mass.), attempting to qualify for her third NCAA Championship, placed 13th out 65 in the women's giant slalom in 2:35.21. Sophomore Zoe Livingston (Sharon, Vt.) was 26th in 2:38.57 and first-year Kelly Mackenzie (Alta, Wyo.) was 29th at 2:39.28.

Bates' combined alpine and Nordic ski teams scored 549 points to finish a season-best sixth out of 16 teams in the Bates Carnival, which doubled as the NCAA East Region Championships.

Saturday Recap

Heldman placed fifth among 69 racers in the men's slalom, leading the Bates men's alpine ski team to third place out of 11 teams on Saturday at Sunday River.

The host Bobcats placed a whopping five skiers among the top 18 performers on the day in the men's slalom, led by Heldman's two-run combined time of 1:34.71. Canney came up huge for the Bobcats with a career-best 11th-place showing, at 1:36.26, and Manter placed 15th in 1:36.45. Close behind were senior Ross Brockman (Sudbury, Mass.) in 17th at 1:36.50 and junior Alex Jones (Whitehouse Station, N.J.) in 18th at 1:36.57.

Taking only each team's top three performers into account, the Bates men scored 96 points, outscoring every team but No. 1 nationally ranked Vermont (141) and New Hampshire (101), and outpacing such rivals as Dartmouth (89) and Middlebury (87).

Livingston was the Bates women's top finisher, in 33rd place out of 66 in a time of 1:48.68. Mackenzie was 47th and Holland tied for 50th.