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Dunleavy takes 5th in slalom at Colby Carnival

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine -- Bates sophomore Avril Dunleavy had her second top-five finish in as many days, placing fifth in the slalom on Saturday at the Colby Carnival at Sugarloaf Mountain to lead the Bobcat women's alpine ski team to another big day.

The Bates women were third best among 13 squads in the slalom, scoring 94 points to beat out such competition as New Hampshire (91) and Middlebury (78). Only Vermont and Dartmouth outscored the Bobcats, who had four women time in among the top 16 skiers.

Dunleavy (Salt Lake City, Utah) finished her first run in 45.29 seconds, followed by a 45.46-second second run, combining for a 1:30.75, just .05 behind fourth-place Sara Kikut of Dartmouth.

Junior Anne Rockwell (Greenville, Maine) came in 11th at 1:32.41, and sophomore Emily Hayes (Natick, Mass.) finished out Bates' carnival scoring in 15th at 1:33.45. Sophomore Katie Fitzpatrick (Larkspur, Calif.) trailed Hayes by only a hundredth of a second, placing 16th overall among 61 women.

First-years Chris Bradbury (Norwich, Conn.) and Tanner Dirstine (Boise, Idaho) placed 24th and 25th, respectively, to lead the Bates men in 1:30.85 and 1:31.11. Sophomore Peter Cole (Carrabassett Valley, Maine) rounded out Bates' scoring in 39th (1:36.29) among 68 competitors.

Following Sunday's Nordic races, Bates' combined alpine and Nordic ski teams finished fifth among 16 teams, their second consecutive fifth-place showing. With 524 points, Bates was well ahead of sixth-place St. Lawrence (453), as well as Williams (414) and Colby (386).

Friday Recap

Dunleavy finished fourth out of 64 competitors in the women’s giant slalom on Friday, as the Colby Carnival got under way at Sugarloaf Mountain.

Dunleavy was eighth after her first run of 53.42 seconds, then rose to fourth, her career-best in the GS thus far, with the second-fastest second run in the field, 53.60 seconds.

Fitzpatrick placed 15th in 1:49.41, and Rockwell finished 24th in 1:51.36 to round out the scoring for the Bates women, who were fourth among 13 squads in the event.

Junior Matt Perejda (Newry, Maine) led the Bates men, placing 41st out of 68 in 1:48.47. Cole took 43rd in 1:49.27.