STOWE, Vt. -- Bates junior Kaelyn Woods placed 24th among 40 competitors Friday in the women's 15-kilometer mass-start classical technique race at the NCAA National Collegiate Skiing Championships.
Skiing on the familiar course at Trapp Family Lodge, Woods (New Gloucester, Maine) crossed the finish line in 50:20.5 -- 4.8 seconds ahead of Middlebury's Annika Landis and 10.3 seconds behind the 23rd-place finisher, Emma Tarbath of Montana State. Dartmouth's Katharine Ogden won the race in 46:25.7. Woods was the third finisher among all competitors from Division III institutions.
Woods came within one place of matching her career-best NCAA Championship performance, from last year's 15K freestyle race. She also scored seven all-important team points, putting Bates' combined Nordic and alpine teams in 21st place out of 24 teams competing at nationals. Utah is in first place with 426.5 points.
Bates junior Griffin Mueller (West Vail, Colo.) will race in the women's slalom Saturday morning before the NCAA Championships come to a close.