Polar Bears Complete Day One at NCAA Skiing Championship

Renae Anderson made her second appearance on the national stage, returning to the championship for her sophomore year.
Renae Anderson made her second appearance on the national stage, returning to the championship for her sophomore year.

STOWE, Vt. – Elliot Ketchel and Renae Anderson competed in the opening day of the 2019 NCAA Skiing Championships hosted by the University of Vermont.

Ketchel competed in a 10K individual start freestyle, while Anderson completed the same event at the 5K distance. Ketchel improved dramatically from his championship results last season and finished 18 overall in a time of 25:20.4 and earned 13 team points for the Polar Bears. Ketchel finished two seconds behind a Middlebury skier.

Anderson raced in the afternoon against a heavy Division I field. Anderson finished 31st overall and was the third NESCAC finisher across the line. Anderson missed out on scoring team points by one place, finishing 1.1 seconds behind Kaelyn Woods of Bates.

The Polar Bears compete in Friday's classic event. Anderson will ski at 15K race at 10:00 a.m. and Ketchel will race a 20K at noon.