The Middlebury College ski team is currently in fifth place after the third day of competition at the NCAA Skiing Championship hosted by Montana State. Colorado (483) moved back into the lead, replacing Denver (465.5) who dropped to second, while Utah (429), Dartmouth (412), and Middlebury (401) round out the top five. Friday's nordic event was the 15K classic race for the women and the 20K classic for the men.
Leading the Middlebury women with an impressive eighth place finish in the 15K race was Alexa Turzian. The rookie ended the race with a time of 57:54.2 to earn her second All-American honor during the championships. Turzian, placed fourth in the 5K freestyle on day one to secure her other award. Junior Cassidy Edwards finished 19th with a time of 1:01:09, while classmate Robyn Anderson finished the race two places back at 24th position with a time of 1:01:22.6.
On the men's side, junior Simeon Hamilton was the Panthers' top finisher, ending the 20K race in 13th place with a time of 1:05:29.4. Hamilton's 13th place matched his finish in the 10K freestyle also on day one of the championships. Junior racer Tim Reynolds and first-year Patrick Johnson completed the course in 28th and 29th place respectively. Reynolds' time was 1:07:53.3, while Johnson finished close behind with a time of 1:07:59.9.