Woods takes 23rd place in women's 15K freestyle race at NCAA Championships

Kaelyn Woods placed 23rd in the women's 15K freestyle race at the NCAA National Collegiate Skiing Championships on March 10, 2018 in Steamboat Springs, Colo. (File photo courtesy Steve Fuller/Flying Point Road)

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. -- Bates sophomore Kaelyn Woods finished 23rd out of 40 competitors in the women's 15K freestyle race Saturday at the NCAA National Collegiate Skiing Championships, the program's best NCAA championship race since 2012.

Woods (New Gloucester, Maine) finished the Howelsen Hill course in 47:22.3, edging Nicole Schneider of Northern Michigan by a half-second, for the best NCAA Championship finish by a Bates Nordic skier since Beth Taylor finished 19th in the 5K freestyle race in 2012.

Woods capped her outstanding sophomore season with the second-best time by a competitor from a Division III school in the race; Middlebury's Katie Feldman finished 13th.

Woods' finish counted for eight team points. She and Bates sophomore alpine skier Griffin Mueller combined for 23 points at the four-day championship, good for an 18th-place showing among 23 participating teams.