Houtsma and Woods lead Nordic ski teams in classical technique races at Williams Carnival

Sophomore Graham Houtsma led the Bates men's Nordic skiing team to a ninth place finish out of 13 schools in the 10-kilometer classical technique race Friday at the Williams Carnival. (File photo by Dennis Curran/EISA)

BENNINGTON, Vt. -- Sophomores Graham Houtsma and Kaelyn Woods paced the Bates Nordic skiing teams in the classical technique races Friday at the Williams Carnival. 

Houtsma (Aspen, Colo.) led the men's team to a ninth place finish out of 13 schools in the 10K classic. He recorded a time of 31:26.2 to finish in 23rd place out of 61 collegiate skiers, earning 22 carnival points and eight NCAA points. Meanwhile Woods (New Gloucester, Maine) took 21st out of 68 women in the 5K Classic with a time of 18:03.7. She picked up 24 carnival points and 10 NCAA points.

Senior captain Parker McDonald (Wolcott, Colo.) tallied 13 carnival points for the Bates men with a 37th place finish, recording a time of 32:40.0 along the way. First-year Tucker Barber (Wilton, Maine) rounded out the scoring with his 48th place finish, earning nine carnival points and tallying a time of 33:52.1. 

For the Bates women, first-year Zoe McKinney (North Conway, N.H.) finished in 55th place with a time of 19:53.1, earning six carnival points. Junior captain Samantha Pierce (New Gloucester, Maine) rounded out the scoring with five carnival points thanks to a 60th place finish. 

The Bates Nordic and alpine skiing teams combined to sit in eighth place out of 15 schools following day one of the Williams Carnival. The Nordic teams compete in the freestyle races on Saturday to wrap up the two-day event.