JERICHO, Vt. – The Castleton University women's Nordic ski team showed its consistency throughout the weekend, finishing second at the ECSC Regional Championships to qualify for the USCSA National Championships for the first time as a team in program history.
Megan Greene led the Spartans throughout the weekend, starting with a time of 29:56 in the 6.6-kilometer event Saturday. Greene then posted a mark of 3:57 in the one-kilometer sprint before completing the regionals with a mark of 58:54 in the 15-kilometer race Sunday, ending the weekend in eighth place in the overall individual standings.
Right behind Greene in ninth place was Emily Cromie, who posted times of 30:34 in the 6.6-kilometer race, 4:03 in the one-kilometer sprint, and 1:05:42 in the 15-kilometer event. Hahnah Saroff completed the weekend in 12th place overall after times of 32:57 in the 6.6-kilometer event, 4:29 in the one-kilometer sprint, and 1:04:31 in the 15-kilometer race.
Carley Patch finished the 6.6-kilometer event in 36:45, the one-kilometer sprint in 4:32, and the 15-kilometer race in 1:07:17, finishing in 15th place at the end of the weekend. Adrienne Toof helped the Spartans in the Saturday events with times of 32:14 in the 6.6-kilometer race and 4:37 in the one-kilometer sprint.
The Spartans ended the classic event in third place before moving up to second place after the sprint and maintaining that position Sunday with 74 points. Clarkson cruised to the regional victory with 21 points, followed by Castleton, Cornell with 103 points, Wellesley with 108 points, and Maine-Farmington with 136 points.
Castleton will head to Mt. Bachelor in Bend, Ore., for the USCSA Nordic National Championships March 7-11.