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Nordic teams both 5th in Middlebury freestyle races

RIPTON, Vt. -- Sophomore Hallie Grossman led the Bates women with another strong performance, and senior captain Lucas Milliken paced the Bates men's Nordic ski team as the Middlebury Carnival wrapped up with women's 15K and men's 20K freestyle mass start races Saturday at Rikert Touring Center.

Grossman (South Woodstock, Vt.) placed 14th among 63 women in a time of 42:23.4, her fifth top-15 carnival finish this season. First-year Jane McLarney (Lowell, Mass.) continued her impressive rookie season in 22nd place at 43:27.2, and junior Gabby Naranja (Fort Kent, Maine) scored her first team carnival points for Bates with a 24th-place finish in 43:41.6, as the Bates women placed a solid fifth out of 13 women's squads in the event.

Milliken (North Yarmouth, Maine) came in 16th place out of 58 men, covering the 20K course in 48:14.3. Junior Jordan Buetow (Fairbanks, Alaska) came in 23rd at 48:58.7, and first-year Corky Harrer (Minneapolis, Minn.) finished the men's squad's scoring in 33rd place, at 49:59.9, as the Bates men also placed fifth, out of 12 men's teams.

Bates' combined Nordic and alpine ski teams scored 400 points to finish eighth out of 16 teams at Middlebury, where the NCAA Championships will take place in three weeks. The Bobcats will wrap up the EISA carnival season by hosting the NCAA East Region Championships next weekend, Feb. 22-23, at Black Mountain in Rumford (Nordic) and Sunday River in Newry (alpine).

Friday Recap

Grossman placed 23rd out of 70 skiers in the women’s 5K classical technique race on Friday at the Middlebury Carnival, leading the Bates women’s Nordic team to eighth place among 13 teams in the event.

Grossman finished the course in 27:23.8. Senior captain Gretchen Sellegren (Bozeman, Mont.) placed 26th in 17:30.9, and McLarney placed 35th in 17:45.5, rounding out Bates’ scoring in the event.

Buetow led Bates in the men’s 10K classic race, covering the course in 28:26.2 for 29th place among 69 competitors. Junior Sean Woods (Gypsum, Colo.) and Milliken were close behind in 31st and 34th, respectively, at 28:28.7 and 28:33.3.