Women alpine skiers help Bates to fifth place at Lake Placid
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — The Bates College alpine and Nordic ski teams placed fifth out of 13 teams at the St. Lawrence University Winter Carnival over the weekend. Bates’ 578 points edged Williams (576) and also beat out St. Lawrence, Colby, Harvard, St. Michael’s, Bowdoin, Clarkson and McGill, and put the Bobcats behind the University of Vermont, Middlebury, Dartmouth and the University of New Hampshire.
Bates had five women in the top 24 in the slalom, led by first-year Liz Thompson (Rangeley, Maine), whose two-run combined time was 1:46.50, good for ninth overall. Sophomore Whitney Fahy (Carrabassett Valley, Maine) was 11th in 1:48.03, followed closely by first-year Emily Sampson (Plymouth, N.H.) in 1:48.71 (13th), first-year Perry Kleeman (Litchfield, Conn.) in 18th (1:50.50) and first-year Madeline McLean (Evergreen, Colo.) in 24th (1:55.10).
The Bates women tied Dartmouth for fourth in the giant slalom on Friday, headed by first-year Megan Papineau (Keene, N.Y.), who placed seventh overall with a one-run time of 1:06.14. Fahy was 19th in 1:08.46, Sampson was 26th in 1:10.22, Kleeman was 29th in 1:11.84, and McLean was 39th in 1:15.60.
The Bates men placed sixth out of 10 in both the slalom and giant slalom events. A trio of strong performances led the Bobcats in Friday’s giant slalom, as senior Sean McKenna (Manchester, N.H.) and sophomore Leo Menard (Biddeford, Maine) were 19th and 20th, respectively, with McKenna timing two runs at 2:08.41 and Menard only .25 seconds behind his teammate. Sophomore Dan Loman (Killington, Vt.), meanwhile, checked in at 2:11.50, good for 27th place out of 61 competitors.
Loman led the Bates contingent in the giant slalom, with a combined time of 1:40.29, .15 seconds and one place ahead of junior teammate Carter Casner (North Kingstown, R.I.). Menard checked in at 25th place (1:43.56).
Bates competes at the UVM Carnival next weekend, Feb. 3-4.