Natalie Ruppertsberger '11 earned fifth place in the women's 15K Classic and as part of the 3x5 Free relay team at the Dartmouth Winter Carnival. (Photo by Lincoln Benedict '09)
STOWE, Vt. - In the final day of racing at the Dartmouth Winter Carnival, the men's and women's Nordic teams competed in the 3x5K Free relays. The formidable combination of junior Natalie Ruppertsberger (Plainfield, N.H.), senior Abby Samuelson (Freeport, Maine) and sophomore Beth Taylor (Norwich, Vt.) combined for a fifth place finish out of 22 teams in the free relay. The second women's team of junior Kristen Gill (Jackson, N.H.), sophomore Kelsey Dion (Truckee, Calif.) and first-year Gretchen Sellegren (Bozeman, Mont.) placed 12th, with a combined time of 49:13.6.
The top three finishers for the men's team in yesterday's 20K Classic teamed up for the 3x5 Free relay today. Seniors Harry Poole (Yarmouth, Maine) and Brandon Cooper (Aspen, Colo.), along with first-year Lucas Milliken (North Yarmouth, Maine), took 13th place out of 19 teams, with a combined time of 42:19.3. Finishing 16th in the relay was the other Bates trio, comprised of first-years Dan Kuzio (Moretown, Vt.), Corey Hill (Keene, N.H.) and Jim Burnham (Carlisle, Mass).
The Bobcats Nordic and alpine teams finished in seventh place out of 13 teams with 528.5 points. The Bobcats finished ahead of Colby College (493.5) and just behind St. Lawrence University (541).
The Bobcats next compete at the Williams Winter Carnival on February 19th and 20th.
Ruppertsberger (Plainfield, N.H.) continued her dominant skiing with another top-ten finish, this time it was fifth place in the women’s 15K Classic.
While Ruppertsberger has been staking her claim in the top-ten this season, she has had a tremendously talented supporting cast skiing along with her. Samuelson has shined thus far this season as well. Samuelson took 17th place out of 68 skiers, with a time of 51:32.7. Sellegren kept pace with her teammates with a 21st place finish (51:46.1). On Sellegren’s heels was Taylor in 22nd place, with a time of 51:47.6.
On the men’s side, the Bobcats stuck together for a successful start of the Dartmouth Carnival. Milliken continued to make a name for himself earning 22nd place out of 63 racers in the men’s 20K Classic . Cooper nearly caught his teammate, crossing the finish line twenty seconds behind Milliken for 23rd place. Rounding out the top three racers for the men was Kuzio in 29th place, with a time of 1:02:13.6.