Nordic ski team opens carnival season with freestyle races at Lake Placid

Sophomore Brad Ravenelle led the Bates Nordic ski team in the men's 10K freestyle race at the St. Lawrence Carnival on Jan. 12, 2019. (File photo courtesy of Steve Fuller/Flying Point Road)

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Junior Kaelyn Woods placed 16th out of 98 competitors in the women's 5K freestyle race Saturday, leading the Bobcats in the first Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association carnival race of the Bates Nordic season.

Woods (New Gloucester, Maine) finished the 5-kilometer course at Mt. Van Hoevenburg in 16:35.1 to lead four Bobcats who placed in the top 50. Sophomore Maya Seckinger (Winthrop, Wash.) placed 39th in 17:32.5 and first-year Olivia Skillings (Portland, Maine) debuted in 44th place (17:39.8). Sophomore Zoe McKinney (North Conway, N.H.) placed 49th (17:58.5). The Bates women's squad scored the eighth-most ponits among 14 teams in the event.

With both days of alpine competition now complete and one more day of Nordic to go, Bates stands in ninth place out of 17 competing teams at the carnival, with 239 carnival points.

Sophomore Brad Ravenelle (Portland, Maine) led the Bates men's Nordic team in 58th place out of 102 individuals in the men's 10K freestyle race, with a time of 30:44.2. First-year Henry Raff (Hailey, Idaho), sophomore captain Carter Ros (Hailey, Idaho), and sophomore Tucker Barber (Wilton, Maine) weren't far behind in 60th (30:59.6), 63rd (31:10.9) and 66th (31:32.1) place, respectively.

The St. Lawrence Carnival concludes Sunday with classical technique races.