McDonald shines in 10K classic at the St. Michael's Carnival

Senior captain Parker McDonald impressed with a career-best sixth place finish in the 10K classical technique race on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 at the St. Michael's Carnival . (File photo by Dennis Curran/EISA)

HUNTINGTON, Vt. -- Senior captain Parker McDonald turned in the best performance of his career so far with a sixth place finish out of 97 collegiate competitors in the men's 10K classical technique race to lead the Bates Nordic skiing teams Saturday at the St. Michael's Carnival.

McDonald (Wolcott, Colo.) raced to the finish in 24:58.50, earning 37 carnival points and 40 NCAA points. Meanwhile sophomore Graham Houtsma (Aspen, Colo.) took 22nd place with a time of 25:54.83, earning 25 carnival points and 11 NCAA points. Sophomore Leo Lukens (Bend, Ore.) rounded out the scoring for the Bates men with a 54th place finish, good for 14 carnival points.

Overall, the Bobcat men tied Bowdoin for fifth place out of 12 teams on day one of competition.

On the women's side, sophomore Kaelyn Woods (New Gloucester, Maine) earned 22 carnival points and 11 NCAA points for her 22nd place finish in the 5K Classical Technique race among 86 skiers with a time of 14:20.49. First-year Zoe McKinney earned nine carnival points for her 54th place finish with a time of 15:12.11. Junior captain Samantha Pierce (New Gloucester, Maine) earned eight carnival points for the Bobcats with her 66th place finish.

Overall the Bobcat women finished 10th out of 12 teams on day one of competition.