Ski Team Seventh After Day One At NCAAs

March 5, 2014

The Middlebury ski team is currently in seventh place (58 points) after one day of competition at the 2014 NCAA Championships hosted by the University of Utah. The host school leads the event with 165 points, followed by New Mexico (130), Denver (130) and Colorado (128). Action resumes on Thursday with the women’s 5K classic at 12:00 p.m. EST, followed by the men’s 10K classic at 2:00 p.m. EST.

The giant slalom kicked off NCAA action on Wednesday, with the event taking place at Park City Mountain Resort. The Middlebury men finished seventh overall, with 31 racers competing in the event. Hig Roberts led the pack in 15thplace, finishing with a time of 2:01.61. Christopher McKenna was just two spots back in 17th, earning a two-run time of 2:01.73. Nick Bailey rounded out the team with a time of 2:02.54, good for 22nd place. Utah’s Mark Engel won the race on his home hill, finishing in 1:58.56.

Yina Moe-Lange represented the women’s alpine team in the giant slalom, missing All-American status by just two places. Moe-Lange had an impressive second run, finishing with a combined time of 2:00.52. Kristine Haugen of Denver won her second-straight individual title in 1:56.39, after earning NCAA champion honors at the Snow Bowl a year ago.