RIPTON, Vt. -- Bates sophomore Hallie Grossman and junior Jordan Buetow placed 37th and 40th in their respective classical technique races on Thursday, the first day of Nordic competition at the NCAA National Collegiate Skiing Championships.
Grossman (South Woodstock, Vt.) raced the 5K women's classic race at Rikert Touring Center in 17:25.4 outpacing competitors from Montana State, the College of St. Scholastica and Bowdoin in the final assessment. Buetow (Fairbanks, Alaska) finished the 10K men's race in 28:57.1 to score 0.5 team points for Bates' combined Nordic and alpine squads.
Grossman and Buetow, both of whom are making their second consecutive appearance at NCAAs, each tend to perform better in free technique races than in classic technique races, particularly Buetow. They'll have the chance to show it on Saturday, the fourth and final day of NCAAs, in the women's 15K and men's 20K freestyle races. Competition switches back to alpine skiing on Saturday, with Bates sophomore Avril Dunleavy (Salt Lake City, Utah) and junior Anne Rockwell (Greenville, Maine) competing in slalom races at Middlebury Snow Bowl.
With the first half of NCAAs now complete, Bates stands in 16th place among 21 participating teams.