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Rookies again lead alpine team at Williams Carnival

HANCOCK, Mass. — It was another strong day for the Bates women's alpine ski team's exceptional first-year class at Saturday's giant slalom races at the Williams Winter Carnival, held at Jiminy Peak.

Avril Dunleavy (Salt Lake City, Utah) finished 13th out of 64 women on the strength of the third-fastest second run in the field, 51.74 seconds, for a two-run combined time of 1:51.67. First-year Emily Bamford (East Melbourne, Australia) came in 20th in 1:52.21, and first-year Katie Fitzpatrick (Larkspur, Calif.) scored for the second straight day for Bates, taking 24th place in 1:53.24.

Bates’ combined Nordic and alpine ski teams scored 434 points to tie Colby for seventh place among 16 teams at the carnival.

Senior men's team captain and two-time NCAA Championship participant Bump Heldman (Auburn, Maine), attempting a late-season comeback from injury, recorded a fast first run of 57.02 seconds, but did not finish his second run.

Fellow senior captain and 2011 NCAA qualifier Alex Jones (Whitehouse Station, N.J.) scored points for the Bates men, taking 24th place out of 73 collegiate skiers at 1:48.97.

Friday Recap

Bates first-year phenoms Emily Hayes and Dunleavy recorded yet another stellar day on Friday in the slalom competition of the Williams Winter Carnival at Jiminy Peak.

Hayes (Natick, Mass.) finished fifth among 66 competitors, with a two-run combined time of 1:38.59 — just .02 seconds ahead of sixth-place Dunleavy, in 1:38.59. A third first-year standout, Fitzpatrick, edged Dartmouth’s Jacqueline Maier for 14th place in 1:39.40, as the Bates women scored the second-most carnival points as a unit for the third time this season, with 103, trailing only Williams (130) and ahead of such competition as Dartmouth (97), Harvard (94), and St. Lawrence (89).

On the men’s side, Heldman was entered for his first race of the carnival season after an injury had held him out for the first four weeks, but he didn’t finish the first run. The same fate befell Jones. First-year Peter Cole (Carrabassett Valley, Maine) was the lone Bobcat to qualify for and finish the second run, taking 36th place in 1:40.73.