Nordic Skiing Heads to NCAA Regionals After Strong Williams Carnival Finish

Elliot Ketchel was the top Bowdoin skier in both the classic and skate, setting a new program mark for best finish by a first-year.
Elliot Ketchel was the top Bowdoin skier in both the classic and skate, setting a new program mark for best finish by a first-year.

WOODFORD, Vt. – The Bowdoin nordic ski team continued its strong season with a fifth place finish among nordic teams at the Williams Carnival.

Carnival Highlights

  • Warm spring-like conditions made for difficult racing in Friday's 5/10K classic. Elliot Ketchel finished 9th, followed by Christian Gostout (20th), and Sean Cork (34th). Sam Shaheen posted a personal best classic finish in 35th
  • On the women's side, Renae Anderson led the way in 14th. Gabrielle Vandendries (19th) and Ellie Hands (38th) rounded out the top three.
  • Temperatures dropped for Saturday's skate, resulting in icy fast conditions. The originally planned sprint race could not be held due to snow loss, resulting in an unusual 3.8k skate prologue.
  • Ketchel posted a best-ever finish for a first year, finishing 6th, topping the mark set by Vandendries the previous weekend. Cork skated a personal best in 22nd and Jacob Adicoff finished 29th. Gostout finished right behind his team mate, resulting in four men's skiers earning NCAA qualifying points.
  • Anderson led the way for the women in 18th, followed by Vandendries with a skate PR in 22nd, and Lily Johnston in 30th.

Up Next

  • Bowdoin heads to the Middlebury Carnival next weekend. The event doubles as the NCAA Regionals.