HANCOCK, Mass. -- Sophomore Griffin Mueller recorded the third fastest first run of the day and the Bates women's alpine skiing team placed three in the top 20 overall on its way to a fourth place finish in the slalom Saturday at the Williams Carnival.
On her first run, Mueller (West Vail, Colo.) raced down the mountain in 58.98 seconds, just 0.8 seconds behind Dartmouth's Foreste Peterson, a World Cup participant this season. Mueller's two-run combined time of 2:07.75 was good for eighth place out of 70 collegiate skiers. She earned the Bobcats 35 carnival points and picked up 32 NCAA points for herself.
The Bobcat women combined for 86 carnival points in the slalom, good for fourth out of 13 schools. First-year Hannah West (Bend, Ore.) finished in 14th place with a two-run combined time of 2:09.98, earning 28 carnival points and 18 NCAA points. Senior captain Hannah Johnson (Incline Village, Nev.) landed in 20th place after a two-run combined time of 2:11.50, earning 23 carnival points and 11 NCAA points.
Although only the top three finishers from each school can record carnival points, once again Bates placed four skiers in the top 30, with senior captain Sierra Ryder (Orinda, Calif.) picking up seven NCAA points thanks to a 24th place finish with her two-run combined time of 2:12.37.
The Bates men's alpine skiing team combined for 42 carnival points, good for ninth out of 13 teams.
A trio of first-years scored carnival points for Bates in the men's slalom. First-year Calvin Wilson (Canyon Dam, Calif.) paced the Bobcat men with a 31st place finish out of 71 collegiate skiers, earning Bates 17 carnival points with his two-run combined time of 1:59.45. Fellow first-year Maximilian Schneider (Rottach-Egern, Germany) recorded a two-run combined time of 1:59.90 to finish in 35th place, good for 14 carnival points. And first-year Joe Gillis (Branford, Conn.) rounded out the scoring with a two-run combined time of 2:00.93, good for 38th place and 11 carnival points.
The Bates alpine and Nordic skiing teams combined for 421 carnival points at the Williams Carnival, finishing in seventh place out of 16 schools.
The Bobcats are back in action Feb. 23-24 at the Middlebury Carnival which doubles as the NCAA Regionals this year.