LAKE PLACID, N.Y. - Kaitlynn Miller earned the best individual finish for a Bowdoin women's nordic skier in Friday's 15K freestyle as Bowdoin opened its campaign by finishing 10th of 13 nordic teams at the St. Lawrence Carnival this weekend.
The Polar Bears totaled 196 points, with their best showings coming in Friday's freestyle events. The women's team took seventh in the 15K freestyle while the men also earned a seventh-place finish in the 20K freestyle. The women took 10th in Saturday's 3K prologue event while the men earned an 11th place showing in their event.
Miller led the way for Bowdoin by carding a fifth-place showing in 42:12.9 in the women's 15K. She was just over 45 seconds off the winning pace and topped the previous best-ever finish for a Bowdoin woman - a 7th-place finish by Katie Matthews '01 in 2001. Miller was also the top finisher for the women on Saturday in the 3K sprint, earning a 16th-place finish (9:37.0), which is the fourth-best showing in program history. Hannah Wright was second-best for Bowdoin in both competitions, earning 46th in the 15K (47:02.6), and 34th in the 3K (9:59.6).
Kevin Hoose was the top finisher for the men's team in Friday's grueling 20K, taking a 21st-place showing in 50:44.5. James Crimp was close behind in 28th place (51:34.6) with Jackson Bloch in 33rd (51:57.1). Crimp paced Bowdoin in Saturday's 3K (8:30.8) in 40th place with Hoose in 42nd (8:32.0).
The Polar Bears will return to action next weekend at the Colby Carnival at Quarry Road Recreation Area in Waterville. Competition is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, January 26-27.