Nordic Races Headline Day Three of NCAA Skiing

Kelsey Phinney earned a win in the 5K free.
Kelsey Phinney earned a win in the 5K free.

The final day of nordic racing took place on day three of the 2015 NCAA Championships hosted by St. Lawrence University. Action took place at Mt. Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid, New York. Colorado went on to win the title with 505 points, followed by Denver (478), Utah (471) and Middlebury in eighth place (230). 

The classic events took main stage on Friday, with the women's 15K and the men's 20K races. The west owned the top six spots in the women's even, with Emilie Cedervaern of New Mexico taking home the title in 47:40. Kelsey Phinney just missed out on All-American honors for the Panthers, finishing the race in 11th place with a time of 49:34, third among all eastern racers. Heather Mooney and Stella Holt were still recovering from illnesses, but both came on strong with solid performances. Mooney finished the event in 16th place overall, crossing the line in 49:49. The senior completes her stellar season with seven nordic race victories. Holt ended her season with a 30th-place effort in a 40-woman race, crossing the line in 52:32.

On the men's side, Patrick McElravey represented the Panther men in the 40-man 20K race. The sophomore nearly finished in the top half of the field, ending the race in 23rd with a time of 59:04. He was 10th among eastern racers.