The Middlebury ski team sits in ninth place among 16 scoring teams at the 2010 NCAA Championships hosted by the University of Colorado. The Panthers are the top Division III school with 99.5 points, while Denver (239), Utah (196.5) and UVM (178.5) made up the top three teams. Action continues on Howelsen Hill Thursday, with the women's 5K and men's 10K Classical races.
The giant slalom event took center stage on day one of the championships, with the Panther men placing fifth overall with three racers, while the women came in 10th with two skiers in action.
Bryan Shpall continued his impressive rookie season, earning first-team All-American honors with a fourth place finish in the GS, with a time of 1:49.28. Next for the Panthers was Jacob Lund, who came in 20th in 1:51.34 in the 31-man race. Bobby Poehling rounded out the Middlebury racers in 24th place (1:59.13) overall. The second run in the men's GS took place in a blinding snow storm.
The women's GS qualifiers struggled a bit on day one, unable to crack the top 20 in the 35-person event. Nicole Dvorak was the top finisher in 23rd place with a combined time of 1:58.99. Her time of 56.38 on the second run was the fifth-best in the field. Tasha Woodworth finished the event in 30th place, earning a combined time of 2:03.57.