BEND, Ore. – Following consecutive seventh-place finishes, the Castleton University women's Nordic ski team used an individual top-15 performance to finish sixth as a squad in the 15-kilometer freestyle event of the 2017 USCSA National Championships Friday at the Mt. Bachelor Nordic Center.
Megan Greene crossed the finish line first for the Spartans, finishing 15th overall with a time of 48:48.1, just a minute-and-a-half outside the top 10. Emily Cromie ended up in 28th place with a time of 54:04.5, followed by Hahnah Saroff in 37th place in 57:41.3 and Adrienne Toof in 38th place in 58:05.1. Carley Patch started the event but did not finish.
In the team standings, Castleton collected 68 points for sixth place, one point in front of Michigan and eight points ahead of Oregon State-Cascades. In a close race at the top, St. Olaf ended up first with 19 points, just ahead of second place Clarkson with 20 points and third place Wyoming with 24 points.
The 2017 USCSA Nordic National Championships conclude Saturday, March 11, with the classic team sprint. The women's competition is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Pacific time (1 p.m. Eastern time).