CRAFTSBURY, Vt. -- Bates sophomore Hallie Grossman and junior Jordan Buetow were both among the top 14 skiers in their respective races, leading the Bobcat Nordic team in the classical technique races on the first day of the Dartmouth Carnival.
Competing at Craftsbury Outdoor Center, Grossman (South Woodstock, Vt.) led the Bates women to the seventh-most points among 12 squads in the women's 5K classic race. Grossman covered the course in 17:51.0, the 14th fastest time out of 69 competitors. First-year Jane McLarney (Lowell, Mass.) was 29th in 18:29.5 and junior Andrea Fisher (Williamstown, Mass.) took 33rd place in 18:35.5 to close out Bates' scoring.
Buetow (Fairbanks, Alaska) was 13th fastest out of 64 skiers in the men's 10K classic, 31:45.1, just 0.3 seconds behind St. Lawrence's Austin Meng but 0.5 ahead of Harvard's Chris Stock. Senior captain Lucas Milliken (North Yarmouth, Maine) came in 26th in 32:20.3, and first-year Corky Harrer (Minneapolis, Minn.) placed 30th in 32:34.5, 0.3 seconds and one spot ahead of junior teammate Alex Hamilton (Truckee, Calif.).
With half of the Dartmouth Carnival now complete, Bates' combined alpine and Nordic teams stand fifth among 15 teams, with 238, trailing only Vermont (501), Dartmouth (443), Middlebury (383) and New Hampshire (364).
The Dartmouth Carnival concludes on Saturday morning with men's and women's 3x5K freestyle relay races.