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Buetow, Taylor, Grossman enhance NCAA standing at East Championships

STOWE, Vt. -- Bates senior Beth Taylor and sophomore Jordan Buetow both solidified their standing for a bid to the NCAA Skiing Championships on Saturday, with their performances in the classical technique mass start races at the NCAA East Region Championship.

Taylor (Norwich, Vt.) finished in sixth place out of 68 competitors in the women's 15K classic, tying with last week's classic race for her best performance of the season with a time of 1:06:05.4. Taylor finishes the EISA carnival season ranked eighth in the East by NCAA qualifying standards.

First-year Hallie Grossman (South Woodstock, Vt.) took 12th place in the race, in 1:07:28.5, to finish 17th in the East rankings on the season, likely meaning an NCAA berth for her, too. Junior Gretchen Sellegren (Bozeman, Mont.) placed 24th in 1:08:38.1.

Buetow (Fairbanks, Alaska) finished 19th out of 66 in the men's 20K classic, his best classic race thus far, with a time of 1:21:15.3. Buetow finishes the carnival season 14th in the overall NCAA rankings in the East.

Junior captain Lucas Milliken (North Yarmouth, Maine) finished 30th in 1:22:46.8, and senior Jimmy Burnham (Carlisle, Mass.) scored carnival points for the second straight day, placing 36th in 1:23:44.9.

Bates' combined Nordic and alpine ski teams placed eighth out of 16 teams at the championships.

Friday Recap

Buetow finished fourth among 67 skiers overall, the best EISA carnival showing of his career, to lead the Bates men’s Nordic ski team to fourth place as a squad at Friday’s 10K Men’s Freestyle race at the Middlebury Carnival, which doubles as the NCAA East Region Championships.

Buetow finished the course at Trapp Family Lodge in 25:29.3 to beat fifth-place Gordon Vermeer of Dartmouth by 3.6 seconds. Buetow has two fifth-place races this season, and has finished no worse than eighth place in all five of his freestyle skate races this year.

Milliken also notched the best freestyle race finish of his college career, taking 13th place in 26:05.9. Burnham finished Bates’ scoring in 38th (27:32.7), with sophomore Alex Hamilton (Truckee, Calif.) right behind in 39th (37.33.6).

In the women’s 5K freestyle race, Taylor echoed the theme of the day, seizing the second top-10 freestyle race finish of the season, placing 10th in 14:49.8. Grossman was 38th out of 69 skiers in 15:57.1, and Sellegren came in 40th (15:59.5).