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Jones, Dunleavy, Hayes earn NCAA Skiing Championships bids

Avril Dunleavy '15 (File photo by Cory Ransom/EISA)

Emily Hayes '15 (File photo by Cory Ransom/EISA)

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Bates alpine ski team will have three representatives competing at the 2012 National Collegiate Men’s and Women’s Skiing Championships, as on Monday the NCAA Skiing Committee announced the 74 men and 74 women selected to participate in alpine and Nordic events.

Senior Alex Jones (Whitehouse Station, N.J.) will compete in the men's races, while on the women's side first-years Avril Dunleavy (Salt Lake City, Utah) and Emily Hayes (Natick, Mass.) will compete for the Bobcats.

Hosted by Montana State University, the championships are to be held March 7-10 at Bridger Bowl and Bohart Ranch in Bozeman, Mont.

Jones has notched finishes as high as 11th and 13th in the giant slalom events over the 2012 EISA carnival season; in the slalom he has finished 15th and 21st for his NCAA points.

Both Dunleavy and Hayes have been slightly more successful in the slalom, where Dunleavy ranked seventh in the East overall and Hayes was 10th. Yet in the GS, Dunleavy has had finishes as high as seventh and ninth, while Hayes took fifth in the GS at Burke Mountain.

Bates will also send three Nordic skiers: 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 will be competing at NCAAs for the first time, although Jones qualified last year as well, but became the "odd man out" because of the event's three-per-team limit.

Participants are selected on a regional basis from two designated regions for Alpine skiing (East and West Regions) and three designated regions for Nordic skiing (Central, East and West Regions). Bids are awarded to regions using a formula determined by the skiing committee. A maximum of 12 student-athletes (three per gender per discipline) may participate from an institution.

Nordic events will be held at Bohart Ranch Cross Country Ski Center. The men’s 10-kilometer and women’s five-kilometer freestyle cross-country races will be conducted March 7.  The women’s 15-kilometer and men’s 20-kilometer classical races will be held March 9.

Alpine events will run at Bridger Bowl. The men’s and women’s giant slaloms will be held March 8, with the men’s and women’s slaloms conducted March 10.

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