NCAA SKIING CHAMPIONSHIPS
ANCHORAGE, Alaska The Bates College ski team finished the 2002 season this week at the NCAA Championships hosted by the University of Alaska-Anchorage. Bates finished in 15th place with 116 points, down two places from 2001. The University of Denver won its third consecutive championship with 656 points.
Junior Justin Easter of Jay, Maine, and sophomore Haley Johnson of Lake Placid, N.Y., competed for the Bobcat Nordic team, wihle senior Kyle Hildebrand of Waitsfield, Vt., represented the alpine squad.
had his best performances ever at the championships. He placed 16th in the men's
10K classical race with a time of 28:43.7. Easter finished second among Eastern
skiers, just four-tenths of a second out of being the first EISA member to cross
the finish line. Bates finished 12th of 16 teams in the men's Nordic race, placing
ahead of Williams, who was represented by two skiers, and Alaska-Fairbanks'
three representatives. Easter followed that performance up by coming in14th
in the 20K freestyle race with a time of 53:31.7. He improved his best NCAA
finish by two spots from Thursday's 16th place finish. Easter was the third
skier from the East to cross the finish line. He was 57 seconds out All-America
position. Easter scored 26 points, helping him finish ahead of the two-man delegation
from Williams College and Middlebury's three-man contingent.
placed 25th in the women's 5K classical race with a time of 17:01.8 in her first-ever
NCAA race. She was sixth among Eastern skiers. Johnson finished in 26th place
in the women's 15K freestyle race with a time of 48:06.2, fifth among Easter
skiers. The Nordic events were held at Kincaid park in Anchorage.