WATERVILLE, Maine -- Junior Kaelyn Woods finished in fourth place in the women's race and first-year Henry Raff was fifth in the men's race as the Bates Nordic ski team competed for the Maine state intercollegiate Nordic ski championship, better known as the Chummy Broomhall Cup, Saturday at the Quarry Road Recreation Area.
Bowdoin won its first Chummy Cup in the event's 13 years -- Bates and Colby remain tied with six Cups apiece to their credit. Colby finished second and Bates third. The 13th annual event took place during a week's break in the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association carnival circuit.
Woods (New Gloucester, Maine), who finished first in the same race a year ago, placed fourth in the women's race in 32:08.3, while sophomore Maya Seckinger (Winthrop, Wash.) was only three seconds behind in fifth place (32:11.3). With the top four skiers counting in the team scoring, first-year Olivia Skillings (Portland, Maine) finished 15th out of 26 competitors overall (34:21.9) and senior Samantha Pierce (New Gloucester, Maine) placed 16th (34:22.7).
Raff (Hailey, Idaho) led the Bates men for the third straight race, placing fifth out of 26 in 27:18.2. Sophomore Tucker Barber (Wilton, Maine) finished ninth overall (27:50.4), followed in the team scoring by sophomore Carter Ros (Hailey, Idaho) in 19th (29:42.2) and sophomore Tucker Pierce (New Gloucester, Maine) in 24th (30:45.0).
With Maine State Ski Team honors going to the top 10 finishers in each race, Woods, Seckinger, Raff and Barber all received all-state honors.
The Bates Nordic ski teams will next compete in the UVM Carnival Feb. 1-2 out of Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vt.