March 12, 2012

The Middlebury College ski team was the top Division III school, placing ninth overall at the 2012 NCAA Skiing Championships hosted by Montana State University. The Panthers enjoyed a huge final day by the men’s alpine team, as the Panthers placed three in the top 12 to win the slalom, with a pair of All-Americans. The University of Vermont took home the NCAA title with 832 points, followed by Utah (671) and Colorado (670) with Middlebury in ninth (359).

Both sophomore Hig Roberts (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) and junior Andrew McNealus (Woodstock, Vt.) earned All-American honors for the alpine men on the final day of racing. Roberts finished the event with a time of 1:50.82, good for fifth place. Just 6/100ths of a second behind was McNealus, who earned a sixth place finish in 1:50.88. Earning a solid 12th place finish among 35 racers was junior Bryan Shpall (Englewood, Colo.) with a time of 1:52.04.

Junior Christine Schozer (Winhall, Vt.) represented the Panther women, placing 34th overall in the slalom with a time of 2:44.56.

One day one, senior Patrick Johnson (Anchorage, Alaska) was the top Panther in the men's race, placing 20th among 39 racers with a time of 25:58. Finishing the race in 27th place was senior Chase Marston (Charlotte, Vt.) (27:19), followed by sophomore Ben Lustgarten (Burlington, Vt.), in 31st (27:29). First-year racer Annie Pokorny (Spokane, Wash.) paced the Panther women with a 25th place finish among 39 racers, earning a time of 15:50. Middlebury's other nordic racer was senior Sophie McClelland (Keene Valley, N.Y.), who came in with a time of 16:44, good for 37th place.

On the first day of alpine competition, McNealus led the Middlebury men, four spots off All-American status with a time of 1:33.78 to place 14th. Roberts was close behind in 16th place with a time of 1:33.93, while Shpall was disqualified. The lone Panther woman competing was Schozer, who finished 32nd overall with a 1:46.25.

The third day of racing saw Pokorny earned All-American honors in the 15K classic race, finishing ninth overall with a time of 54:45.

Also earning All-American honors was Johnson, who earned the honor in the 20K classical race. Johnson finished with a time of 57:07, placing fifth overall. Earning a 13th place finish was Lustgarten in 58:27, followed by Marston in 26th (1:00.28).

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