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  • Jane Marshall '03The Bates ski team is one of the most consistently successful programs at the College, having finished among the top 20 in the nation for five straight years, including 2001's 13th-place finish.

    The Bates College Nordic ski team is poised to continue its recent outstanding history in 2002. The Bobcats featured a pair of juniors at the 2001 NCAA championships. Leading the way for the men was Justin Easter '03 (Jay, Maine). Easter, also a member of the menŐs cross country and outdoor track and field teams, has the distinction of reaching six NCAA championships in two years at Bates. In 2001, he earned his second career All-America honor in the steeplechase for the outdoor track team. As a skier, he just missed All-East honors, but had his finest performance to date at the NCAA skiing championships, taking 23rd in the classical race. Classmate Jane Marshall (Boise, Idaho) clinched her berth in the NCAAs at the final possible race, then went on to take 20th at the championships in the freestyle event.

    Bates' training and competition facilities are among the best in New England. The alpine team trains and races at nearby Sunday River in Bethel, Maine, while the Nordic team has a home course at Black Mountain in Rumford, Maine. In March 1999, Bates hosted the NCAA championships at their home courses. The Lewiston-Auburn area boasts several trails close to campus for in-season training. Campus and the surrounding area offer challenging terrain for dry-land training.

    Becky Flynn Woods Becky Flynn Woods '89 (rwoods@bates.edu), entering her seventh year as a coach at Bates, was a two-time Nordic skiing captain at the college. She participated in three NCAA Championships and was a member of the All-East team as a sophomore. A native of Auburn, Maine, Woods coached in Colorado for a year after graduating from Bates. She served for two years as an assistant coach before taking over the Nordic program in 1994. In 1995 and 1997, she was named Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association Coach of the Year. Woods received the Auburn-Lewiston Sports Hall of Fame President's Award in 1996 and has served on the NCAA skiing rules comittee since 1998. She has coached two All-Americans, David Chamberlain '98 and Justin Freeman '98, both of whom are vying for spots on the 2002 United States Olympic Team.

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