Woods finishes 11th in women's freestyle race at Williams Carnival

Kaelyn Woods placed 11th in the 3.8 kilometer freestyle race on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at the Williams Carnival. (File photo courtesy of Steve Fuller/Flying Point Road)

BENNINGTON, Vt. -- Sophomore Kaelyn Woods turned in the top performance of the day in the freestyle races for the Bates Nordic skiing teams with an 11th place finish out of 65 skiers Saturday at the Williams Carnival. 

Woods (New Gloucester, Maine) recorded a time of 9:45.9 in the 3.8 kilometer race, good for 31 carnival points and 24 NCAA points.

The men's team also competed in a 3.8 km freestyle race and sophomore Graham Houtsma (Aspen, Colo.) led the way for the second straight day with a 20th place finish, good for 23 carnival points and 14 NCAA points. Houtsma completed the course in 8:35.3. The Bobcat men recorded two top-30 finishes, thanks to senior captain Parker McDonald (Wolcott, Colo.) recording a 28th place finish with a time of 8:39.9, earning the Bobcats 17 carnival points and earning himself six NCAA points. Fellow senior Connor Gray (Whitefish, Mont.) rounded out the scoring for the men with a 43rd place finish, good for 12 carnival points.

The Bobcat men and women both finished in ninth place out of 12 schools as teams, with the men recording 52 carnival points and the women recording 50.  

Woods recorded nearly half the women's teams points, with junior captain Samantha Pierce (New Gloucester, Maine) earning 10 carnival points by finishing 44th with a time of 10:26.2 and first-year Zoe McKinney (North Conway, N.H.) rounding out the scoring with a 49th place finish, good for nine carnival points.

The Bates Nordic and alpine skiing teams combined for 421 carnival points at the Williams Carnival, finishing in seventh place out of 16 schools.   

The Bobcats are back in action Feb. 23-24 at the Middlebury Carnival which doubles as the NCAA Regionals this year.