Woods, Barber lead Nordic teams on first day of Bates Carnival & NCAA Regionals

Kaelyn Woods finished 12th in the women's 5K freestyle race at the Bates Carnival on Feb. 22, 2019. (File photo by Steve Fuller/flyingpointroad.com)

RUMFORD, Maine -- Skiing on her home competition course at Black Mountain, Bates junior Kaelyn Woods placed 12th out of 62 skiers in the women's 5-kilometer skate Friday, on the first day of the Bates Carnival and NCAA East Regional Championships.

Woods (New Gloucester, Mass.) notched her second-best carnival finish of the season and her best freestyle result of the season, crossing the finish line in 14:03.6, scoring 31 team points. Bates' remaining points (top three) were scored by sophomore Maya Seckinger (Winthrop, Wash.) in 43rd place (15:20.1) and first-year Olivia Skillings (Portland, Maine) in 44th (15:25.0).

Sophomore Tucker Barber (Wilton, Maine) led Bates in the men's 10K skate, placing 34th out of 64 competitors in 26:37.0. First-year Henry Raff (Hailey, Idaho) came in 40th (27:00.5) and sophomore Cole Fuller (Bend, Ore.) came in 47th to complete the team scoring.

Bates' Nordic and alpine ski teams scored a combined 201 carnival points on Friday, good for seventh place among 14 participating teams, and six points ahead of eighth-place Williams. Vermont leads Dartmouth 477-476 for first place.

The final Nordic races of the 2019 EISA season take place Saturday at Black Mountain in the NCAA East Regional Championships and Bates Carnival, with the women's 15K and men's 20K classical technique races.