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Dunleavy the second best in Division III in NCAA giant slalom

Alex Jones finished 28th in the men's GS. (File photo courtesy of EISA)

Emily Hayes '15 placed 34th in her first career NCAA Championship event, the giant slalom. (File photo by Cory Ransom/EISA)

BOZEMAN, Mont. -- Bates first-year Avril Dunleavy's top-notch second run made her the second-best performer from a Division III school on Thursday, in the giant slalom portion of the NCAA National Collegiate Skiing Championships at Bridger Bowl.

Dunleavy (Salt Lake City, Utah) tied with Montana State's Stephanie Irwin for 23rd place among 35 competitors in the women's giant slalom, with a two-run combined time of 1:44.41. Dunleavy's second run lasted 50.22 seconds -- the 10th best in the entire field, and the second-best time among Division III schools. Fellow first-year Emily Hayes (Natick, Mass.) had a two-run combined time of 1:47.55 to place 34th.

In the men's GS, senior captain Alex Jones (Whitehouse Station, N.J.) finished a solid 28th out of 35 men, recording a strong second run of 47.69 seconds for a combined time of 1:36.14, 0.35 seconds behind 27th-place Ben Morse of Dartmouth.

Bates stands in 12th place among 21 teams halfway through NCAAs. The NCAA Championships return to Nordic racing tomorrow, with classical technique races at Bohart Ranch. The fourth and final day of NCAAs, Saturday, will feature the slalom races at Bridger Bowl.

Bates has three Nordic skiers at NCAAs: senior Beth Taylor (Norwichk, Vt.) and first-year Hallie Grossman (South Woodstock, Vt.) in the women’s field, and sophomore Jordan Buetow (Fairbanks, Alaska) in the men’s field. All six of Bates’ representatives are  competing at NCAAs for the first time, although Jones qualified last year as well, but Bates could not exceed the event’s three-per-team limit.

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