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Women's Nordic fourth in 10K Classical at Dartmouth Carnival

Natalie Ruppertsberger '11 notched her fourth top-10 finish of the year in the 10K Classical Technique race at Dartmouth. (File photo by Lincoln Benedict '09)

HANOVER, N.H. -- The Bates women's Nordic ski team took fourth place among 12 teams on Saturday in the 10K Classical race at the Dartmouth Carnival.

Since placing seventh in the first race of the carnival season at St. Lawrence, the powerhouse Bates women have now placed among the top four women's squads, and as the top Division III team, in seven straight carnival races this season.

Senior Natalie Ruppertsberger (Plainfield, N.H.) led the Bobcats in eighth place out of 61 skiers overall, recording a time of 52:51.4 -- her fifth top-10 finish in an EISA race this season. Fellow senior captain Meg McClelland (Keene Valley, N.Y.) took 20th place in 54:52.1, and senior Kirsten Gill (Jackson, N.H.) and first-year Andrea Fisher (Williamstown, Mass.) took 23rd and 24th places, respectively.

The Bates men received a 34th-place showing out of 63 from first-year Jordan Buetow (Fairbanks, Alaska), finishing the men's 10K Classical in 1:05:51.6. Buetow was the lead Bobcat by a mere one-hundredth of a second, as sophomore captain Lucas Milliken (North Yarmouth, Maine) placed 35th at 1:05:51.7. First-year Alex Hamilton (Truckee, Calif.) came in 46th.

Bates' Nordic and alpine teams combined to score team 513 points, good for a seventh-place finish out of 12 teams at the Dartmouth Carnival. The Bobcats compete next weekend at the Middlebury Carnival, the last carnival before Bates hosts the NCAA Eastern Region Championships Feb. 26-27 at Sunday River (alpine) and Black Mountain (Nordic).

Friday Recap

Kirsten Gill placed a career-best fourth place out of 66 skiers on Friday in the 5K Freestyle race at the Dartmouth Carnival, leading the Bates women's Nordic ski team to a season-best third place among 12 teams in the event.

Bates scored 100.0 points in the event, trailing only Dartmouth (126) and Vermont (117) among 12 teams. Bates beat out Division I New Hampshire (94.5), as well as rivals such as Middlebury, Williams and St. Lawrence.

Gill finished the race in 14:21.5, trailing only Caitlin Patterson of UVM, Erika Flowers of Dartmouth and Rosie Brennan of Dartmouth. Ruppertsberger finished 10th in the race in a time of 14:41.0, followed by McClelland, who placed a season-best 13th in 14:47.5. Junior Beth Taylor (Norwich, Vt.) was 23rd, followed by Fisher in 35th and sophomore Gretchen Sellegren (Bozeman, Mont.) in 43rd.

The Bates men were 10th out of 12 teams, led by Buetow in 27th out of 63 in 26:42.8. Milliken was 42nd, followed by Hamilton in 54th, first-year Sean Woods (Gypsum, Colo.) in 55th and sophomore Dan Kuzio (Moretown, Vt.) in 64th.