BEND, Ore. – Battling continual snow, the Castleton University women's Nordic ski team showed it could compete with some of the top collegiate programs in the country, sitting in seventh place after Tuesday's 7.5-kilometer classic event at the 2017 USCSA National Championships at the Mt. Bachelor Nordic Center.
Megan Greene finished in the top 20 for the Spartans, posting a time of 32:57.2 to finish in 16th place, less than a minute away from a top-10 placement. Emily Cromie was next for Castleton, finishing in 31st place with a time of 36:20.0.
Adrienne Toof finished in 37th place with a time of 38:08.9, just ahead of teammate Hahnah Saroff in 38th place with a mark of 38:40.5. Carley Patch completed the course in 41:35.9 to finish in 43rd place.
As a team, Castleton collected 68 points to end up in seventh place, just two points in front of the University of Michigan in eighth place. In a tight battle at the top, Clarkson holds the early lead with 19 points, with St. Olaf College right behind in second place with 21 points.
The USCSA National Championships continue Wednesday, March 8, with the freestyle sprint qualifier at 10 a.m. Pacific time and the sprint heats at 12 noon local time.