Gillis, West lead alpine teams in giant slalom at St. Lawrence Carnival

Joe Gillis placed 19th in the men's giant slalom to lead the Bates alpine ski teams at the St. Lawrence Carnival on Jan. 12, 2019. (File photo by Gil Talbot/Gil Talbot Photography)

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Sophomore Joe Gillis had a second straight top-30 finish, taking a career-best 19th place in the men's giant slalom races Saturday at the St. Lawrence Carnival on Whiteface Mountain.

Gillis (Branford, Conn.) had runs of 1:07.52 and 1:07.35, combining to finish .03 seconds ahead of 20th-place Max Stamler of Middlebury. It is his first top-20 EISA finish. On Friday Gillis placed 27th in the slalom, tying for the second-best carnival performance of his career at the time.

Sophomore Max Schneider (Rottach-Egern, Germany) tied Colby's Colbey Derwin for 32nd place out of 64 competitors with a time of 2:17.40, and sophomore Calvin Wilson (Canyon Dam, Calif.) placed 42nd in 2:19.01.

Sophomore Hannah West (Bend, Ore.) paced the Bates women's team in 25th place (2:25.14) out of 73 women, including the 14th-fastest second run in the field (1:11.52). First-year Tess Coutu (Foster, R.I.) finished a strong opening weekend of her college career in 33rd place (2:28.85). No other Bobcat completed two runs.

Both the Bates men's and women's alpine squads scored the ninth-most points among 13 teams on the day.

With both days of alpine competition now complete and one more day of Nordic to go, Bates stands in ninth place out of 17 competing teams at the carnival, with 239 carnival points.