Woods places 30th in women's 5K skate at NCAA Championships

Kaelyn Woods competes in the Women's 5K Individual Freestyle race during the NCAA National Collegiate Skiing Championship held at the Trapp Family Lodge on March 6, 2019 in Stowe, Vermont. (Photo by Brett Wilhelm/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

STOWE, Vt. -- Bates junior Kaelyn Woods placed 30th out of 40 competitors Wednesday in the women's 5K freestyle race at the NCAA National Collegiate Skiing Championships, in the first race of the championships for the Bates ski teams.

Woods (New Gloucester, Maine), who is making her second consecutive NCAA Championship appearance, finished her interval at Trapp Family Lodge in 14:42.7, edging Bowdoin's Renae Anderson by 1.1 seconds for 30th place. Utah's Julia Richter took first place in 13:28.3.

The performance earned Bates one team point, putting the combined Bates ski teams in 16th place with three days remaining of the NCAA Championships. Woods will race in the women's 15K classical technique mass-start race on Friday, starting at 10am. Alpine racing at NCAAs gets started Thursday morning, with Bates junior Griffin Mueller (West Vail, Colo.) set to compete in the women's giant slalom.