Vermont has banner effort on day one
Bates hosted the first day of the Eastern Regional Championships at Sunday River under sunny skies with exceptionally good snow conditions.
In the team scoring, Vermont again showed who is boss as they have a commanding lead with 521 points. Dartmouth is second with 439, while New Hampshire is third with 377, Middlebury is fourth with 329 and Williams rounds out the top-5 with 284.
As the countdown to the NCAAs continue, the EISA alpine crew came out to finalize the slalom standings for the 2011 season.
The Catamount men are terrible at sharing the podium. Today, they decided not to share it in slalom: Tim Kelley took the win, followed close behind by teammate Jonathan Nordbotten. Kevin Drury, who has been on a hot streak lately, came in third. Trevor Leafe pulled in a 4th place finish for Dartmouth, and Bump Heldman from Bates rounded out the top-5. Bates had a strong showing on the home hill, with Heldman's finish complemented by a stellar performance from John Canney -- who moved up from bib 34 to 11th place overall. Ben Manter was Bates' third finisher with the 10th fastest second run time, and a 15th place overall.
UVM's Meg Ryley returned to racing after a brief injury hiatus and picked up right where she left off -- with a scorching second run to clinch the overall win. Dartmouth's Annie Rendall held on to 2nd, and Middlebury senior Nicole Dvorak ended her college slalom career with a podium finish. Senior Bryana Park from UVM hung up the shinguards, too, after a solid 5th place finish. Notable move-ups on the women's side include Shannon Campbell from Williams, who ended up 13th from 31st, and St. Michaels' Gabrielle Hall - who finished just out of the top 15 from bib 33.
In the nordic portion of the event - a 5k freestyle, Vermont's Caitlin Patterson won the event with teammate Lucy Garre3c close behind in second. New Hampshire's Clare Edgan was third followed by Dartmouth's tandem of Erika Flowers and Rosie Brennan.
In the men's 10k freestyle, Dartmouth swept the top two spots as Eric Packer and Scott Lacy went 1 and 2. Vermont took the next two spots behind Alexander Howe and Scott Patterson, while Dartmouth's Erik Fagerstrom rounded out the top five.