Woods and Raff lead Nordic teams with top-30 finishes in classical technique races at Middlebury Carnival

First-year Henry Raff paced the Bates men's Nordic skiing team with a 26th-place finish in the 15K classical technique race on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 at the Middlebury Carnival. (File photo by Dave Priganc/EISA)

RIPTON, Vt. -- Junior captain Kaelyn Woods finished 20th out of 58 competitors in the women's 10K classic and first-year Henry Raff took 26th out of 67 in the men's 15K classic to lead the Bates Nordic teams Friday at the Middlebury Carnival. 

Woods (New Gloucester, Maine) raced to the finish in 31:50.3 to earn the Bobcats 24 carnival points. She also picked up 11 NCAA points. Sophomore Maya Seckinger (Winthrop, Wash.) and first-year Olivia Skillings (Portland, Maine) also scored carnival points for the Bobcats, with Seckinger finishing in 39th place and Skillings coming in 41st. The Bates women combined to score 49 points, good for 9th out of 12 teams and just six points behind both the University of New Hampshire and Williams.

Raff (Hailey, Idaho) earned 19 carnival points and eight NCAA points, skiing to the finish in 41:59.4 to pace the Bates men. Sophomores Tucker Pierce (New Gloucester, Maine) and Tucker Barber (Wilton, Maine) also scored carnival points for the Bobcats, with Pierce finishing 46th and Barber taking 50th. The Bates men combined to score 37 points, good for 9th out of 12 teams and one points ahead of 10th place UNH. 

Bates Nordic combined with the Bobcat alpine skiing teams to score 172 points on day one of the Middlebury Carnival, good for 8th out of 15 schools. Bates is currently eight points ahead of St. Lawrence and 29 points behind Harvard with one day remaining in the carnival.