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Ruppertsberger 32nd in 15K Freestyle at NCAAs

Natalie Ruppertsberger placed 18th in the 5K Classical at the 2010 NCAA Collegiate Skiing Championships, then 32nd in the 15K Freestyle race. (File photo by Lincoln Benedict '09).

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. -- Bates College junior Natalie Ruppertsberger (Plainfield, N.H.) finished 32nd Saturday in the Women's 15K Freestyle race as the NCAA Collegiate Skiing Championships came to a conclusion.

Ruppertsberger covered the course in 46:07.1, 32nd best out of 39 competitors in the race. Two days ago, Ruppertsberger finished 18th in the Women's 5K Classical Technique race.

A final eight points for Bates' combined Nordic and alpine skiing teams made it 98 in all for the Bobcats, good for 16th place out of 22 teams, fourth among Division III teams. It is the fifth top-16 national finish in a row for the Bobcats.


Ruppertsberger finished 18th out of 39 competitors on Thursday as the NCAA Collegiate Skiing Championships continued with the first Nordic events of the weekend. Ruppertsberger finished the 5K Classical in a time of 18:02.4, only four seconds behind Dartmouth's Katie Bono, who finished in 17th with a time of 17:58.5. After Ruppertsberger there was a big dropoff, with the 19th-place finisher, Alexa Turzian of Colorado University, finishing eight seconds behind Ruppertsberger in a time of 18:10.4.


On Wednesday, Bates' alpine and Nordic ski teams had seven members named to the EISA All-Academic Intercollegiate Ski Team, presented by the United States Collegiate Ski Coaches Association. Athletes received the award for having a grade point average of 3.5 or higher in the fall semester and for competing in the Eastern Regional Ski Championships. All-Academic awardees were senior Nordic skier Abby Samuelson (Freeport, Maine), senior Nordic skier Ben Smeltzer (Waterbury Center, Vt.), senior Nordic skier Brandon Cooper (Aspen, Colo.), Ruppertsberger, first-year Nordic skier Corey Hill (Keene, N.H.), first-year Nordic skier Lucas Milliken (North Yarmouth, Maine) and senior alpine skier John Canney (North Clarendon, Vt.).