PRESQUE ISLE, Maine -- Sophomore Kaelyn Woods finished in first place in the women's race and senior Parker McDonald was third in the men's race as the Bates Nordic ski team competed for the Maine state intercollegiate Nordic ski championship, better known as the Chummy Broomhall Cup, Saturday at the Nordic Heritage Center.
Colby won the annual Chummy Cup, tying Bates with its sixth cup in 12 years, with a combined 25 points. Bowdoin was second with 30, followed by Bates (39), UMaine-Presque Isle (84) and UMaine-Farmington (96).
But Woods (New Gloucester, Maine) provided the most drama of the day by edging Colby's Kirsten Miller to win the women's freestyle race, with a time of 23.10.3 to Miller's 23.12.5. The race course was shortened slightly from 10 kilometers between the men's and women's races, said head coach Becky Woods, after the discovery of a bear and two cubs hibernating underneath the trail.
With top-10 finishes earning all-state honors, junior captain Samantha Pierce (New Gloucester, Maine) and first-year Zoe McKinney (North Conway, N.H.) were also named with eighth- and 10th-place finishes, respectively.
McDonald (Vail, Colo.) and sophomore Graham Houtsma (Aspen, Colo.) also earned all-state honors by finishing third and fifth, respectively, in the men's 10K freestyle race with times of 24:14.0 and 24:31.1, respectively. Sophomore Leo Lukens (Bend, Ore.) placed 15th in 25:13.0.
Bates Nordic returns to the EISA circuit next weekend, Feb. 2-3 at the UVM Carnival in Stowe, Vt.