Ski teams combine to finish 13th at NCAA Championships
BOZEMAN, Mont. — All three of Bates’ alpine skiers at the NCAA National Collegiate Skiing Championships finished among the top 30 in the slalom races on Saturday, the fourth and final day of NCAAs at Bridger Bowl.
First-year Avril Dunleavy (Salt Lake City, Utah) had another outstanding performance, placing 25th in a two-run combined time of 1:38.49, repeating as the second-fastest woman from a Division III school. Fellow rookie Emily Hayes (Natick, Mass.) stood in 16th place after her first run of 44.95 seconds, before settling for 30th place in 1:52.63.
Senior Alex Jones (Whitehouse Station, N.J.) put out an outstanding effort in his final collegiate race, recording the eighth-fastest second run time at 54.92 seconds, to finish 24th out of 35 men in a combined time of 1:54.06. Jones was the sixth-best Division III man in the field.
Bates’ combined alpine and Nordic ski teams placed 13th overall out of 21 teams at NCAAs, the Bobcats’ seventh straight top-16 national finish.
Dunleavy’s top-notch second run made her the second-best performer from a Division III school on Thursday, in the giant slalom portion of the NCAA National Collegiate Skiing Championships at Bridger Bowl.
Dunleavy tied with Montana State’s Stephanie Irwin for 23rd place among 35 competitors in the women’s giant slalom, with a two-run combined time of 1:44.41. Dunleavy’s second run lasted 50.22 seconds — the 10th best in the entire field, and the second-best time among Division III schools. Hayes had a two-run combined time of 1:47.55 to place 34th.
In the men’s GS, Jones finished a solid 28th out of 35 men, recording a strong second run of 47.69 seconds for a combined time of 1:36.14, 0.35 seconds behind 27th-place Ben Morse of Dartmouth.
Bates also had three Nordic skiers at NCAAs: senior Beth Taylor (Norwich, Vt.) and first-year Hallie Grossman (South Woodstock, Vt.) in the women’s field, and sophomore Jordan Buetow (Fairbanks, Alaska) in the men’s field. All six of Bates’ representatives competed at NCAAs for the first time, although Jones qualified last year as well, but Bates could not exceed the event’s three-per-team limit.