Woods places 26th out of 40 in women's 5K classic at NCAA Championships

Kaelyn Woods placed 26th in the women's 5K classical technique race in her NCAA National Collegiate Ski Championship debut on March 8, 2018. (File photo by Dennis Curran/EISA))

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. -- Bates sophomore Kaelyn Woods made an impressive NCAA National Collegiate Ski Championship debut on Thursday, placing 26th out of 40 athletes in the women's 5K classical technique race.

Woods (New Gloucester, Maine) finished the course at Howelsen Hill in 16:45.9, trailing 25th-place finisher Kati Roivas of Alaska-Fairbanks by 6.9 seconds and outpacing 27th-place Kelsey Dickinson of the College of St. Scholastica by 2.0 seconds.

It is the Bates' best NCAA Championship finish since Hallie Grossman took 24th place in the women's 15K classic in 2015.

Woods will race in the women's 15K freestyle race on Saturday at 11am Eastern time to finish the NCAA Championships. Woods' fellow Bates sophomore Griffin Mueller of the alpine ski team competes in the women's slalom Friday on Howelsen Hill, beginning at 8:45pm Eastern time.

Halfway through the NCAA Championships, Woods and Mueller have Bates in 19th place out of 23 participating teams, with six team points.