January 27, 2013

Miller Sets New Standard as Nordic Skiing Earns Top EISA Finish Since 2011

WATERVILLE, Maine - The Bowdoin College nordic ski team finished eighth of 13 intercollegiate squads and earned a second-place finish among Maine teams this weekend at the Quarry Road Recreation Area in Waterville.

Competing in the Eastern Intercollegiate Skiing Association's Colby Carnival over the two days, with Saturday's classic races doubling as the Chummy Broomhall Cup, or Maine State Championship.

The Polar Bears totaled 192 points over the two days to finish eighth of 13 squads, edging teams including St. Lawrence, Harvard and Colby to earn its best EISA finish since 2011. Additionally, the team finished second of four teams at the Broomhall Cup with several skiers taking All-State recognition.

Kaitlynn Miller again set the standard, capturing fourth-place in Saturday's 5K classic - the highest-ever finish by a Bowdoin skier, male or female, since the institution of EISA competition. She recorded a time of 18:03.4, 30 seconds off the winning pace. Hannah Wright followed up with a 31st-place finish in the event with Shelby Aseltine taking 52nd-place for Bowdoin. In Saturday's men's 10K, James Crimp led the way for Bowdoin with a 40th-place showing with Jackson Block finishing 48th overall, followed by Henry Austin in 49th.

The top ten Maine skiers from Saturday's events were honored as All-State recipients. Miller and Wright captured First Team All-State for the women with Aseltine taking Second Team. Crimp and Block took Second Team All-State honors on the men's side.

Miller took another fourth-place finish on Sunday in the women's 15K freestyle event, recording a time of 44:20.1, approximately 22 seconds off the winning time. Wright duplicated her finish as well, taking a 31st-place showing with Eva Spaeh in 34th overall. Block was the top Polar Bear in the men's 20K freestyle with a 37th-place finish. Kevin Hoose ended in 41st while Crimp took 47th.

The Polar Bears will return to the trails next weekend when they travel to Stowe for the UVM Carnival on Saturday and Sunday.