West, van Vuuren lead Bates alpine teams in UVM giant slaloms

Arie van Vuuren placed 15th overall to lead the Bates men's alpine ski team to sixth place among 13 squads in the giant slalom races at the UVM Carnival on Feb. 1, 2019. (flyingpointroad.com file photo)

STOWE, Vt. -- The Bates men's alpine ski team landed three skiers among the top 28, while sophomore Hannah West placed 11th in the women's giant slalom on Friday, highlighting the first day of the UVM Carnival for the Bobcats.

First-year Arie van Vuuren (Boulder, Colo.) led a strong day for the Bates men with a two-run combined time of 2:08.11, 15th fastest in a field of 60 competitors, in his best carnival performance to date. Sophomore Joe Gillis (Branford, Conn.) placed 24th overall (2:09.07) and junior captain Michael Cooper (Alta, Calif.) finished 28th (2:09.55), giving the Bobcats the sixth-most carnival points in the men's giant slalom (59) among 13 squads.

West (Bend, Ore.) finished 11th out of 65 women in the GS, including the eighth-fastest second run in the entire field (1:06.96). It is the highest place this season for West, and the third highest in her career.

Bates' alpine and Nordic ski teams have combined for 153 carnival points halfway through the UVM Carnival. Slalom races take place Saturday morning.