James places 36th in 15K freestyle race at NCAA Championships

Bates senior Sadie James placed 36th in the the 15K women's freestyle at the NCAA Championships on March 11, 2017. (Steve Fuller / flyingpointroad.com)

JACKSON, N.H. -- Bates senior Sadie James finished her collegiate Nordic skiing career Saturday with a 36th-place finish out of 39 competitors in the 15-kilometer women's freestyle race at the NCAA National Collegiate Skiing Championships.

James (Avon, Maine), making her second NCAA Championship appearance and competing in her fourth career NCAA race, completed the course at Jackson Ski Touring Center in 44:38.2, 53.8 seconds ahead of the 37th-place finisher, New Mexico's Brenna Egan, and 17 seconds behind 35th-place Sonja Hedblom of Michigan Tech. On Thursday she placed 32nd out of 40 in the women's 5K classical technique race.

The three student-athletes representing Bates' Nordic and alpine ski teams combined for 29 championship points, good for 17th place out of 21 participating teams -- a point ahead of Michigan Tech and 20 points behind 16th-place Plymouth State.

Women's 15K Freestyle Results

Final Team Results