RIPTON, Vt. -- Bates sophomore Hallie Grossman and junior Jordan Buetow placed 32nd and 38th, respectively, in the Nordic freestyle races as the NCAA National Collegiate Skiing Championships concluded at Rikert Touring Center.
Grossman (South Woodstock, Vt.) outraced seven other women in the women's 15K freestyle, finishing in 42:08.6. She was the second-fastest skier among eight women from Division III schools.
Buetow (Fairbanks, Alaska) finished the 20K men's freestyle race in 55:23.8, well ahead of New Hampshire's Erik Lindgren and Alaska-Fairbanks' Jonas Loffler.
Bates' combined Nordic and alpine ski teams -- Buetow and Grossman, plus junior Anne Rockwell (Greenville, Maine) and sophomore Avril Dunleavy (Salt Lake City, Utah) -- placed 16th out of 21 teams, fifth among Division III schools. This is Bates' eighth straight season placing among the top 16 ski teams in the nation.
Grossman and 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 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 finished the 10K men’s race in 28:57.1 to score 0.5 team points for Bates’ combined Nordic and alpine squads.