HUNTINGTON, Vt. – The Castleton University men's and women's Nordic ski teams joined together Sunday for the mixed relay at the Vermont Invitational, held at the Sleepy Hollow Inn Ski and Bike Center.
Each team was made up of two males and two females skiing five-kilometer legs, with one male and one female using the classical style and the other two members of the relay able to ski freestyle.
Emily Cromie led off for the Spartans using classical style and posting a split of 22:00 before handing off to Devin Perry, who completed his classical leg in 16:00. Megan Greene finished her freestyle leg in 16:22, and then David Harvey needed 14:02 for his five-kilometer freestyle leg, giving the team a total time of 1:08:24, good enough for third place.
On Castleton's second relay squad, Adrienne Toof and Keegan Cummings used classical style while Kaylyn Crompton and Jared Wheeler skied freestyle. The foursome completed the relay in 1:19:32, finishing in 12th place. In a mixed squad with Army West Point, Devin VanBockler skied one of the classical legs and Thomas Rizza skied one of the freestyle legs, helping the team finish in 20th place in 1:31:26.
Clarkson's top relay team won the event in 1:05:05, one minute and 40 seconds in front of the first relay squad from Vermont, which posted a mark of 1:06:45. Greene completed her leg 10 seconds quicker than Bridget Wangler of Clarkson (16:32) and 11 seconds faster than Vermont's female freestyle skier (16:33).
Castleton University heads to Bethel, Maine, next weekend, Feb. 10-11, for the Maine-Farmington Invitational at the Carter Nordic Center.