LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Bates College junior Jordan Buetow (Fairbanks, Alaska) reached his first carnival podium on Saturday, claiming second place among 87 competitors in the men's 3K prologue freestyle race, as the St. Lawrence Carnival wrapped up at Mt. Van Hoevenburg.
Bates' combined alpine and Nordic ski teams scored 549.5 team carnival points, more than enough for fifth place among 16 teams there. Colby was sixth with 474.5. Bates last finished fifth at the 2012 UVM Carnival.
Buetow's time of 8:04.5 was second only to Vermont's Scott Patterson, and 2.0 seconds ahead of third-place Cole Morgen of UVM. With Sophomore Nick Michaud (Fort Kent Mills, Maine) and junior Sean Woods (Gypsum, Colo.) placing 22nd (8:19.5) and 29th (8:22.9), respectively, the Bates men's squad placed an outstanding third as a unit among 13 teams.
The Bates women's team also had a terrific day, placing fourth among 13 women's squads in the women's 3K prologue. Sophomore Hallie Grossman (South Woodstock, Vt.) had her second top-10 finish in as many days, taking 10th place out of 88 racers with a time of 9:29.3. First-years Margaret Pope (McCall, Idaho) and Jane McLarney (Lowell, Mass.) were 14th (9:35.2) and 19th (9:42.8), respectively, to finish Bates' scoring on the day.
Bates competes next weekend at the Colby Carnival, with Nordic events at Quarry Road Recreation Area in Waterville.
Grossman finished eighth overall and two first-year women placed 20th and 21st, respectively, leading the Bates women’s Nordic ski team to fourth place among women’s squads in the 15K freestyle race at the St. Lawrence Carnival at Mt. Van Hoevenburg on Friday.
Buetow also posted a strong start to the 2013 campaign, finishing 11th among 87 collegiate skiers in the men’s 20K freestyle race, as the Bates men scored the fifth most points among men’s squads in the event. Woods came in 29th in 51:35.0, while first-year Corky Harrer (Minneapolis, Minn.) rounded out Bates’ scoring in 41st place at 52:32.4, just ahead of junior Alex Hamilton (Truckee, Calif.) in 42nd at 52:35.3.
Grossman, whose outstanding rookie season culminated in her appearance at the 2012 NCAA Championships, covered the course in 42:33.8, eighth best among 85 competitors. Following her in Bates’ scoring were McLarney in 20th at 44:30.6 and Pope in 21st at 44:38.8. Junior newcomer Gabby Naranja (Fort Kent, Maine) came in 32nd overall in 45:30.7.