Women's Nordic skiing nets two top-30 finishes in freestyle sprints at UNH Carnival

Kaelyn Woods and the Bates Nordic ski team competed in the women's 5K and men's 10K freestyle races at the UNH Carnival in Jackson, N.H., on Jan. 19, 2019. (flyingpointroad.com)

JACKSON, N.H. -- Bates women's Nordic skiing junior captain Kaelyn Woods and sophomore Maya Seckinger both placed in the top-30 Saturday in the freestyle sprints at the UNH Carnival. 

Woods (New Gloucester, Maine) took 18th place out of 85 competitors in the 1.4-kilometer sprint, earning 28 carnival points and 16 NCAA points. Seckinger (Winthrop, Wash.) placed 30th, good for 20 carnival points and seven NCAA points. First-year Olivia Skillings (Portland, Maine) rounded out the Bates scoring in 59th place, earning 10 carnival points.

The Bates women's 58 carnival points placed them seventh out of 12 schools competing in the sprints, 11 points behind Williams and two points ahead of St. Lawrence.

On the men's side, first-year Henry Raff (Hailey, Idaho) led the way for Bates, finishing 51st out of 86 competitors. His showing was good for 12 carnival points. Sophomore Carter Ros (Hailey, Idaho) finished just behind Raff in 54th place, earning 11 carnival points. Sophomore Brad Ravenelle (Portland, Maine) rounded out the scoring for the men by placing 65th and earning seven carnival points.

The Bates men's 30 carnival points placed them 10th out of 11 schools in the sprints, three points ahead of Saint Michael's College and 24 points behind St. Lawrence College. 

Overall, the Bates men's and women's Nordic skiing teams combined with the alpine skiing teams for 397 points over the course of two days at the UNH Carnival, good for ninth place out of 15 schools. The Bobcats finished just six points behind seventh-place Saint Michael's College and 11 points ahead of 10th-place Harvard.  

The Bobcats are back in action on the carnival circuit Friday, Feb. 1 and Saturday, Feb. 2 at the UVM Carnival.