Taylor 4th in Div. 3 in women’s 15K classic at NCAA Championships
BOZEMAN, Mont. — Senior Beth Taylor had another strong effort in Friday’s Nordic competition at the NCAA National Collegiate Skiing Championships, finishing 26th among 39 competitors in the 15K women’s classical technique race at Bohart Ranch.
Taylor (Norwich, Vt.) was the leading Bobcat for the second Nordic race at NCAAs, covering the course in 57:38.8, 25 seconds ahead of 27th-place Steffi Hiemer of Alaska-Anchorage and 6.4 seconds behind 25th-place Caroline Carpenter of St. Lawrence. In her final race for the Bobcats, the 2012 Second Team All-East selection Taylor was fourth-best among skiers from Division III schools.
First-year Hallie Grossman (South Woodstock, Vt.), meanwhile, came in 32nd overall for the second straight outing, timing in 1:00:49.5, between Utah’s Rose Kemp (59:53.6) and New Hampshire’s Tristan Ramey (1:00:57.0), to cap an outstanding rookie season.
Sophomore Jordan Buetow (Fairbanks, Alaska) finished 38th in the men’s 20K classical technique race, with a time of 1:04:46.5.
Bates’ combined alpine and Nordic ski teams placed 13th overall out of 21 teams at NCAAs, the Bobcats’ seventh straight top-16 national finish.
All six of Bates’ representatives are competing at NCAAs for the first time. Bates has three alpine skiers competing in Saturday’s slalom races at Bridger Bowl: senior Alex Jones (Whitehouse Station, N.J.) on the men’s side, and on the women’s side first-years Avril Dunleavy (Salt Lake City, Utah) and Emily Hayes (Natick, Mass.).
All three of Bates’ Nordic skiers competing at the NCAA National Collegiate Skiing Championships finished among the top 32 in their respective freestyle races, as nationals kicked off with the first of four days.
Beth Taylor finished 19th among 39 competitors in the women’s 5K freestyle race in the high altitude of Bohart Ranch, with a time of 15:35.1. Taylor, recently named Second Team All-East, recorded the highest NCAA finish for a Bates woman since Natalie Ruppertsberger ’11 took 18th place in the 5K Classical in 2010. Hallie Grossman, meanwhile, came in 32nd overall in 16:11.4.
Jordan Buetow took 29th place among 39 competitors in the men’s 10K freestyle, with a time of 27:21.1. Buetow is the first Bates man to compete at NCAAs since former All-American Sylvan Ellefson ’09 in 2009.