HANOVER, N.H. -- Sophomore Kaelyn Woods turned in her best carnival finish yet with a sixth place finish in the women's 5K classical technique race Friday at the Dartmouth Carnival.
Woods (New Gloucester, Maine) raced to the finish in 37:14.20, good for 39 carnival points and 40 NCAA points. The Bates women finished eighth out of 14 schools in the race with 56 carnival points. Junior captain Samantha Pierce (New Gloucester, Maine) finished 40th out of 75 collegiate skiers with a time of 39:51.90, earning the Bobcats 12 carnival points. First-year Zoe McKinney (North Conway, N.H.) rounded out the scoring with a 53rd place finish, tallying five carnival points for Bates.
On the men's side, senior captain Parker McDonald (Wolcott, Colo.) led the way in the 10K classical technique race, finishing 38th out of 80 collegiate skiers with a time of 32:47.90, earning the Bobcats 13 carnival points. Sophomore Graham Houtsma (Aspen, Colo.) came in right behind his teammate in 39th place and senior Connor Gray (Whitefish, Mont.) rounded out the scoring with a 48th place finish.
The men combined for 35 carnival points, good for ninth place out of 14 schools.
Overall, the Bates Nordic and alpine skiing teams combined for 176 points on day one of the Dartmouth Carnival. The Bobcats sit in seventh place out of 17 schools, with the Nordic teams competing in the freestyle races on Saturday and the alpine teams competing in the slalom.