Woods and McDonald pace Nordic skiing in freestyle races at St. Michael's Carnival

Sophomore Kaelyn Woods led the way with a career-best eighth place finish in the women's 10-kilometer freestyle race on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 at the St. Michael's Carnival. (File photo by Steve Fuller/Flying Point Road)

HUNTINGTON, Vt. -- Sophomore Kaelyn Woods placed eighth out 80 skiers in the women's 10-kilometer freestyle race and senior captain Parker McDonald finished 17th out of 86 in the men's 15-kilometer freestyle race to pace the Bates Nordic skiing teams on day two of the St. Michael's Carnival Sunday morning.

The Bobcats finished eighth out of 12 Nordic skiing teams over the two-day competition with 229 carnival points. The Bates alpine skiing teams will compete in the St. Michael's Carnival this upcoming Friday and Saturday.

Woods (New Gloucester, Maine) turned in a career-best performance on Sunday, racing to the finish in 30:04.1 to earn 33 carnival points and 32 NCAA points. The women finished ninth out of 12 teams with 53 points. First-year Zoe McKinney (North Conway, N.H.) contributed to the team's score with a 50th place finish in 32:31.9, earning 11 carnival points. Sophomore Anne Blakslee (Edwards, Colo.) rounded out the scoring with a 61st place finish, good for nine carnival points.

The men's team finished seventh out of 12 schools with 61 carnival points in its freestyle race. McDonald (Wolcott, Colo.) led the way for the second straight day after his sixth place finish in the classical technique race on Saturday. This time he raced to the finish in 39:57.7, good for 25 carnival points and 14 NCAA points. 

Sophomore Graham Houtsma (Aspen, Colo.) finished right on McDonald's heels with a time of 40:12.9, good for 19th place and earning the Bobcats 23 carnival points to go along with 12 NCAA points for Houtsma. Sophomore Leo Lukens (Bend, Ore.) rounded out the scoring for the men's team with a 48th place finish, earning 13 carnival points.

The Bates Nordic skiing teams will compete in the UVM Carnival Feb. 2-3. They still need to make up the freestyle races from the Colby Carnival to start the season, as those were postponed due to the weather. A make-up date is still to be determined.