Ski Team Finishes 11th Overall at NCAA Championships

Patrick McElravey represented the Panther men in the 20K Classic. (Jamie Schwaberow - NCAA Photos)
Patrick McElravey represented the Panther men in the 20K Classic. (Jamie Schwaberow - NCAA Photos)

Middlebury finished 11th among 21 teams competing at the 2016 NCAA Skiing Championships hosted by the University of Colorado. The Panthers finished with 133 points, while Denver captured its 23rd title with 567 points. Colorado (491), Utah (485) and Montana State (406) rounded out the top teams with Vermont (310) leading all east squads in seventh. Nordic action completed the championships on Saturday with the women's 15K and men's 20K classical events, with the final day's races taking place at Howelsen Hill.

In the women's 15K classic, the top-eight skiers came from the west, as Linn Eriksen of Denver took home the title in 54:37. Annie Pokorny was the top Panther to finish the race, crossing the finish line with a time of 56:38, good for 19th place. Two spots back was her teammate Kelsey Phinney, who covered the course in 56:57 to place 21st.

Mads Stroem of Colorado won the men's 20K classic event, coming in with a time of 49:41. Patrick McElravey represented the Middlebury men in the event, finishing in 23rd place overall in 53:03.