LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – Megan Greene became the first Castleton skier to finish in the top 10 in a women's Nordic event at the United States Collegiate Skiing and Snowboarding Association (USCSA) National Championships, leading the Spartans to a fifth place finish on the first day of the event at Mt. Van Hoevenberg.
Greene completed the 7.5-kilometer freestyle event in 26:23.60, finishing in seventh place overall. She ended up nine places higher than her performance in the Classic event over the same distance at last year's national championships in Bend, Ore.
Kaylyn Crompton was next for the Spartans, posting a time of 29:39.20 to finish in 23rd place, just ahead of teammate Adrienne Toof in 24th place with a mark of 29:48.40. Emily Cromie finished in 31st place in the event with a time of 30:56.20.
As a team, Castleton collected 44 points, sitting in fifth place just one point in front of Wyoming. St. Olaf College won the team competition with 19 points, just ahead of Clarkson's 23 points, while Isabel Sharp of Cornell took the individual title with a time of 24:45.00, almost a full minute quicker than Ana Witkowski of Clarkson and Stephanie Balas of St. Olaf.
The USCSA National Championships continue Wednesday, March 7, with the Classic sprint, starting with the qualifier races at 10 a.m. and followed by the sprint heats at 12 noon.