Women's alpine skiing takes 5th in giant slalom at Colby Carnival

Senior captain Sierra Ryder recorded a 13th place finish in the giant slalom on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at the Colby Carnival. (Gil Talbot/Gil Talbot Photography)

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine -- Senior captain Sierra Ryder posted a career-best 13th place finish, first-year Hannah West led the way with a ninth place showing and the Bates women's alpine skiing team finished fifth in the in the giant slalom Sunday morning at the Colby Carnival. 

West (Bend, Ore.) recorded a two-run combined time of 2:08.01, picking up 62 carnival points along with 29 NCAA points. Ryder (Orinda, Calif.) posted a two-run time of 2:08.53 to finish 13th out of 64 collegiate skiers, earning 54 carnival points and 20 NCAA points.

Sophomore Emma Finfer (Highland Park, Ill.) finished 24th with a two-run combined time of 2:11.36 to round out the Bates scoring with 38 carnival points and seven NCAA points. 

Overall, the Bates women combined to finish fifth out of 13 schools with 154 carnival points. The first day of the Colby Carnival was postponed due to weather on Saturday, so the Bobcats will compete in the slalom at a later date to be announced.  

The men's alpine skiing team combined for 39 carnival points and finished 10th out of 13 schools in the giant slalom.  

First-year Calvin Wilson (Canyon Dam, Calif.) paced the Bobcats with a 33rd place finish out of 71 collegiate skiers thanks to a two-run combined time of 2:06.08. He earned 14 carnival points for Bates.

Sophomore Ryan Clermont (Lincoln, N.H.) also contributed to the Bobcats' scoring with a two-run combined time of 2:06.59, finishing 35th and earning 13 carnival points. Sophomore Tagert Mueller (West Vail, Colo.) finished right behind Clermont in 36th place, earning 12 carnival points with a two-run combined time of 2:06.72. 

After four combined alpine and Nordic skiing races at the Colby Carnival, Bates sits in seventh place out of 16 schools with 416 carnival points. Both the alpine and Nordic skiing teams had events postponed, so the final results will be determined at a later date. The alpine teams still need to compete in the slalom and the Nordic teams still need to compete in the freestyle races.

The alpine teams compete in the St. Michael's carnival this Friday and Saturday.