RUMFORD, Maine – The Bowdoin Nordic ski team continued its breakout season with another third place showing at the Bates Carnival over the weekend.
Friday's classic was complicated by a wintery mix, while Saturday's skate featured favorable snow but blustery winds. The women finished third in the classic with 88 points and the men compiled 89. On Saturday, the men earned 96 points for a second place finish and the women had 74. Over the weekend, the team compiled 347 points for third place overall.
- One lap into the 15k classic, just seven seconds separated the top nine women, including a pair of Polar Bears. By the end of the race, both Gabrielle Vandendries and Renae Anderson had finished in the top-ten, going seventh and ninth respectively.
- Christian Gostout continued his exceptional senior campaign with a sixth place finish in the 20k classic, while Elliot Ketchel also finished in the top-ten. Peter Moore was Bowdoin's third skier across the line, placing 21st.
- Anderson paced the women on Saturday, finishing 16th. Lily Johnston turned in an 18th place time and Vandendries was 20th.
- On the men's side, Ketchel was Bowdoin's top finisher in 8th. Moore earned his first career top-ten finish and Gostout turned in a 12th place result. The depth on the men's side was on full display with Cirque Gammelin finishing top-20 and Russell O'Brien 24th. Zachary Ennis and Ayden Nichol both earned their first career top-30s as the Polar Bears ended up with seven skiers in the top-30 of the field.
- The Polar Bears return to the snow on February 14 at the Williams Carnival. The event has been moved to Lake Placid, N.Y. due to snow conditions.