CRAFTSBURY, Vt. -- The Bates men's Nordic ski team saw one of its two three-man teams place sixth among 20 on Saturday as the Dartmouth Carnival concluded with men's and women's 3x5K relay races at Craftsbury Outdoor Center.
Bates sophomore Nick Michaud (Fort Kent Mills, Maine) led Bates' top group with a 14:26.7 anchor split, combining with senior captain Lucas Milliken (North Yarmouth, Maine) and junior Sean Woods (Gypsum, Colo.) for a time of 44:16.4.
Bates' top women's trio -- first-year Margaret Pope (McCall, Idaho), senior captain Gretchen Sellegren (Bozeman, Mont.) and sophomore Hallie Grossman (South Woodstock, Vt.) -- finished eighth among 21 relay teams with a combined time of 51:34.7, led by Grossman's split of 16:37.0. Taking 11th place was the second Bates trio -- first-year Jane McLarney (Lowell, Mass.), junior Gabby Naranja (Fort Kent, Maine) and junior Andrea Fisher (Williamstown, Mass.). Led by McLarney's 17:16.3 split, their combined time was 52:43.7.
With Saturday’s slalom races postponed to Feb. 17 at Dartmouth Skiway due to Winter Storm Nemo, Friday's GS results were doubled to finalize the carnival scoring. The Feb. 17 slalom results will only be used in qualification for the NCAA Championships. Bates’ combined alpine and Nordic teams thus finished in fifth place among 15 teams at the carnival, with 493 points, outpacing St. Lawrence (429), Colby (412) and Williams (409).
Bates next competes Feb. 15-16 at the Middlebury Carnival, with Nordic races at Rikert Touring Center in Ripton, Vt.
Grossman and Bates 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.
Grossman 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. McLarney was 29th in 18:29.5 and Fisher 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. Milliken 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 Alex Hamilton (Truckee, Calif.).