West paces alpine skiing in giant slalom at Middlebury Carnival

Sophomore Hannah West led the Bates alpine skiing teams by finishing in 15th place in the giant slalom at the Middlebury Carnival on Saturday, February 16, 2019. (File photo by Steve Fuller/ flyingpointroad.com)

HANCOCK, Vt. -- Sophomore Hannah West finished 15th out of 59 women's alpine skiers to pace the Bobcats in the giant slalom Saturday at the Middlebury Carnival. 

West (Bend, Ore.) turned in a two-run combined time of 2:15.73 to earn 27 carnival points and 16 NCAA points. The Bates women got a second top-30 performance thanks to captain Griffin Mueller (West Vail, Colo.) who earned 18 carnival points and two NCAA points by finishing 29th with a two-run combined time of 2:18.25. 

First-year Daphne James (Sausalito, Calif.) rounded out the scoring for Bates by finishing just outside the top 30, coming in 34th with a two-run combined time of 2:18.84, earning 14 carnival points. 

Combined, the Bates women scored 59 carnival points, finishing seventh out of 12 schools in the GS.

On the men's side, sophomore Joe Gillis (Branford, Conn.) netted a top-30 finish by finishing 26th out of 60 competitors with a two-run combined time of 2:09.06. Gillis earned 20 carnival points and five NCAA points. First-year Arie van Vuuren (Boulder, Colo.) recorded a two-run combined time of 2:10.75 to finish in 37th, earning 12 carnival points.

Sophomore Calvin Wilson (Canyon Dam, Calif.) finished just behind van Vuuren in 39th place, earning 11 carnival points with a two-run combined time of 2:10.96.

The Bates alpine teams combined with the Nordic teams to record 358 points, good for 8th out of 15 schools, four points ahead of ninth-place St. Lawrence. On Sunday, the Bates alpine skiers head back to Dartmouth to compete in the giant slalom, making up a race that got postponed due to weather on February 8.