Middlebury College sophomore Mary Sackbauer earned second-team All-America honors after surging to a ninth-place finish in the women’s giant slalom race on the opening day of the NCAA Skiing championships at the Middlebury Snow Bowl on Wednesday.
The host Panthers sit in ninth place overall with 83 points after the first of four days of competition at the Snow Bowl and Rikert Nordic Center. Vermont (227 points), Denver (210.5) and Colorado (175.5) sit atop the team standings.
In the women’s race, Sackbauer posted the eighth-best time in the second run to leap up from 14th place and finish in a two-run time of 2:08.03 seconds. She trailed winner Kristine Haugen of Denver by 3.43 seconds.
Sackbauer, the seventh-place racer in both events at the EISA championships, has been in the top 10 in each of her last six finishes heading into Friday's NCAA Championship slalom.
In the men's race, the Middlebury trio of Hig Roberts, David Donaldson and Andrew McNealus finished 19th, 21st and 28th, respectively.
Roberts turned in the eighth-best time in the second run to move up from 25th after the first run. He finished with a total time of 2:04.32. Donaldson finished in 2:04.61 while McNealus’ two-run time was 2:05.78.