RUMFORD, Maine — Senior Beth Taylor (Norwich, Vt.) followed up Friday's sixth-place finish in the 10K Freestyle by claiming 12th place out of 92 competitors in Saturday's 10K Classic Mass Start race at the Bates Carnival, leading the Bobcat women to another strong day at fifth place out of 12 teams.
First-year Hallie Grossman (South Woodstock, Vt.) completed an impressive carnival debut by covering the Black Mountain course in 33:19.1 for 17th place. And junior Gretchen Sellegren (Bozeman, Mont.) also capped a strong weekend by placing 37th in 34:23.1.
Sophomore Jordan Buetow (Fairbanks, Alaska) led the Bobcat men for the second straight day, taking 32nd out of 108 skiers in the men's 10K classical race in 28:39.2. Sophomore Alex Hamilton (Truckee, Calif.) was 54th in 29:34.8, and senior Jimmy Burnham (Carlisle, Mass.) was 63rd in 29:45.4.
Bates' alpine and Nordic ski teams combined to finish seventh among 15 teams at the Bates Carnival.
The EISA carnival season resumes next weekend with the UNH Carnival at Jackson Mountain.
Taylor took sixth place and Grossman snagged 11th place out of 96 competitors to highlight the women’s 5K Freestyle race on Friday.
Taylor finished the race in 14:53.0, while Grossman covered the course in 15:17.7. Sellegren finished out Bates’ team scoring by placing 24th in 15:52.2. The Bates women had an outstanding third-place showing among 12 competing teams with 89 points, behind only Vermont (141) and Dartmouth (114) and ahead of both New Hampshire and Middlebury (84 each).
Buetow started off the season very well, too, taking eighth place out of 110 competitors in the men’s 10K freestyle race. Junior captain Lucas Milliken (North Yarmouth, Maine) came in 49th in 29:22.6, while Hamilton took 51st place in 29:24.1.
Friday's women's 5K and men's 10K freestyle races also comprised the sixth annual Broomhall Cup, Maine’s Collegiate Nordic Ski Championships. Bates took the inaugural event in 2007, but Colby has claimed the title over the last four years.
Bates wrested this year’s cup away from Colby in the closet championship to date. Led by Taylor, Bates placed three in the top four of the women’s race. Bates then held on in the men's race, led by race winner Buetow.
The Broomhall Cup is also used to select Maine’s Collegiate All-State Team. The first five men and women from Maine colleges comprised the First Team All-State, and the second five comprised the Second Team.
From the Bates women's team, Taylor, Grossman and Sellegren earned First Team All-State recognition, and sophomore Andrea Fisher (Williamstown, Mass.) was named Second Team. Buetow headlined the Men's First Team All-State, while Milliken, Hamilton and Burnham were named to the Second Team.