The Middlebury College ski team is currently in fourth place after the second day of competition at the NCAA Skiing Championship hosted by Montana State. Denver (316.5) has taken over first place, followed by Utah (288), while day one leader Colorado (282) dropped to third, as Middlebury (279) holds onto fourth place. Thursday's event was the giant slalom race for both the men and women, with the men placing third overall.
Senior Alec Tarberry finished the GS in fifth place to lead the Panther men. After placing eighth during his first run, Tarberry shaved nearly two seconds off his first attempt on his second run, clocking an impressive 49.40, for a combined time of 1:40.74 and All-American honors. Junior Andrew Wagner finished 16th out of the field of 33 with a two-run time of 1:41.92, while senior Joe Swensson placed 20th with a total time of 1:42.22.
For the women, senior Megan Hughes placed ninth in the GS with an overall time of 1:48.05 to lead the Panthers. Virtually all of the 35 skiers trimmed several seconds off their initial run on their second descent. Hughes followed the trend, improving on her first run time of 57.01, by clocking an impressive 51.04 on her second run. Her combined time of 1:48.05 garnered Hughes a top 10 finish. Junior Tucker Burton finished 24th with an overall time of 1:51.88, while senior Krissie Poehling finished 28th with a total time of 1:53.73 to round out the Middlebury racers on the day.