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February 8, 2009

Ellefson fourth in 15K Classic at UVM Carnival

Ruppertsberger

Ellefson

Leonard

Cushman

McClelland

Mogk

STOWE, Vt. -- Bates College senior Sylvan Ellefson finished fourth Sunday in the 15K Classic Technique race at the University of Vermont Winter Carnival, pacing the Bates Nordic team to another impressive performance.


Bates' combined Nordic and alpine ski teams finished the carnival in seventh place out of 11 teams, with 586 points, just 10 points behind sixth-place Colby.

Ellefson (Vail, Colo.) recorded his third straight top-four EISA race performance, covering the course at Trapp Family Lodge in 46:37.1, leading the Bates men to fourth place out of 11 teams in the event. The day before in the 10K Freestyle race, Ellefson finished second overall, leading the Bates men to an outstanding second-place performance in the race.

Bates senior Connor Cushman (Portland, Maine) finished 31st for Bates in 50:20.7, and senior Dylan Mogk (Bozeman, Mont.) came next in 37th.

In the women's 10K Classic race, sophomore Natalie Ruppertsberger (Plainfield, N.H.) finished eighth out of 55 competitors, notching a time of 39:40.3, pacing the Bates women to sixth place out of 11 teams in the event. First-year Sophie Leonard (Mammoth Lake, Calif.) and sophomore Megan McClelland (Keene Valley, N.Y.) came next for the Bobcats in 29th and 30th places, respectively, in 43:37.0 and 43:38.3.

Saturday Recap

The Bobcat women made an impressive carnival debut placing three women in the top twenty of the women’s 5K Freestyle. Sophomore Kristen Gill (Jackson, N.H.) led the way with a 15th-place finish (15:56.7). Teammates Leonard and Ruppertsberger were not far behind finishing in 18th (16:04.9) and 19th (16:07.7) place respectively.

The Bates men’s Nordic team, meanwhile, enjoyed perhaps its best day of the carnival season thus far, in the 10K freestyle. Ellefson, fresh off his first-place finish in the 10K freestyle at the UNH Carnival last weekend, placed second in the event with a time of 26:23.3. Fellow senior Sam Evans-Brown (Gilmanton Iron Works, N.H.) continued his excellent skiing, coming in eighth with a time of 27:00.0. Senior Tim Whiton (Portland, Maine) rounded out the top three skiers for the men with a solid showing in 28th place (28:25.8).

Behind the senior leadership of Ellefson, Evans-Brown and Whiton, the Bobcat men sat in second place (100 points) after today’s 10K freestyle, trailing only Dartmouth (135).

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