Action Complete on Day One at NCAA Ski Championships

Kelsey Phinney led the Middlebury women with a 20th-place finish (Dennis Curran).
Kelsey Phinney led the Middlebury women with a 20th-place finish (Dennis Curran).

Day one of racing at the 2015 NCAA Skiing Championship is in the books with nordic events taking the stage on the opening day. The races took place at Mt. Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid, New York and were hosted by St. Lawrence University. Colorado leads the championships with 155 points, followed by Utah (131), Vermont (106) and Middlebury in 12th (15).

The women's race was dominated by the west, as it took the top 10 spots in the 5K freestyle race. Utah's Veronika Mayerhoffer took home the title with a time of 14:21.

Middlebury favorite Heather Mooney, who entered the event as the second-ranked skier in the east in freestyle events, unfortunately was ill and did not perform her best. She and teammate Stella Holt both have been under the weather all week. Holt finished the race in 34th place with a time of 15:56, while Mooney crossed the line in 16:10, good for 39th place.

The highlight for the Panther women was Kelsey Phinney, who turned in a solid finish for the Panthers, placing 20th overall and fourth among eastern racers with a time of 15:35. On the men's side, Middlebury's Patrick McElravey raced to a 27th-place finish in the 40-man race. Patrick Caldwell of Dartmouth captured the event with a time of 25:09, with the next eastern finisher not coming until sixth place. McElravey covered the course in 27:16 and was 11th among eastern racers at the event.