Middlebury

Skiers Finish 10th At NCAA's - Lustgarten Earns All-American Honors

March 9, 2013

Middlebury's Benjamin Lustgarten turned in his second All-America performance of the weekend Saturday, helping the Panthers complete a 10th-place finish in the 2013 NCAA Skiing Championships on their home courses.

The junior finished eighth in the men's 20-kilometer freestyle nordic race Saturday at Rikert Nordic Center. His time was 50:18.6, just over five seconds behind winner Miles Havlick of Utah in a race that was tight throughout and came down to a final sprint through the stadium.

The second-team All-America showing followed up Lustgarten's fourth-place run in the 10K classic on Thursday that earned him first-team honors. The Burlington resident finished in the top eight in every individual event he entered this season.

With Lustgarten leading the way, Middlebury finished with 357 points in the four-day championships at Rikert and the Middlebury College Snow Bowl. Colorado won the team title with 708 points while Utah nipped Vermont for second.

Middlebury's other men's nordic NCAA qualifier, junior Austin Cobb, came home 31st Saturday in a time of 53:21.6.

In the women's 15K freestyle, Middlebury teammates Kelsey Phinney and Heather Mooney raced side-by-side much of the way before Phinney edged ahead at the finish. Their times were 42:19.4 and 42:19.9, respectively, good enough for the 34th and 35th placements.

Middlebury's top-ranked women's nordic skier, Annie Pokorny, was hampered by an injury suffered in Thursday's 5K Classic and had to pull out of Saturday's race after the first of three laps. 

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