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Heldman places 11th in men's giant slalom at NCAAs

Bump Heldman '12 placed 11th in the men's giant slalom Wednesday in the NCAA National Collegiate Skiing Championships. (File photo by Lincoln Benedict '09)








STOWE, Vt. -- Bates College junior Bump Heldman (Auburn, Maine) placed 11th -- just one hundredth of a second away from 10th place and All-America status -- to headline a very strong first day for the four Bates alpine skiers competing at the NCAA National Collegiate Skiing Championships on Wednesday at Stowe Mountain Resort.

Behind Heldman in the men's GS were Bates senior Ben Manter (Vassalboro, Maine) who was 19th in the 36-man field, and senior John Canney (North Clarendon, Vt.), who was 27th. Meanwhile, Bates senior Micaela Holland (Belmont, Mass.) took 24th place in the women's GS.

Improbably, Heldman had the 11th-best run in the field in both the men's first and second runs, going 1:02.79 in his first run and 1:01.11 in his second. His two-run combined time of 2:03.90 missed tying Zach Clayton of the University of New Hampshire for 10th place by the slimmest of margins. Heldman was seventh among American skiers in the event and second from a non-Division I team.

Manter's blazing second run of 1:00.79 lifted him from 26th place to 19th among 35 competitors, at 2:04.86 overall, while Canney acquitted himself well in his first NCAA Championship competition, at 2:07.35.

In the women's slalom, Holland had her second-best NCAA finish out of the five NCAA events in her career thus far, taking 24th place with a two-run combined time of 2:09.13. Holland's second run of 1:04.79 was 15th best among the field of 35 competitors. Holland was also ninth among American skiers.

The Bates alpine skiing squad's Nordic teammates also competed on Wednesday -- seniors Natalie Ruppertsberger (Plainfield, N.H.) and Kirsten Gill (Jackson, N.H.) took 32nd and 33rd places, respectively, in the Women's 5K Freestyle Individual Start race. Bates' two ski teams combined to score 98 points, putting Bates in 11th place among 21 teams at NCAAs.

On Saturday, the slalom competition wraps up NCAAs, with the men's first run at 9 a.m. and the women's first run at 10:15 a.m.

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