LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – Thanks to the second top-10 finish in as many days for Megan Greene, the Castleton University women's Nordic ski team finished in fourth place in the Classic sprint event Wednesday as the 2018 USCSA National Championships continued at Mt. Van Hoevenberg.
Greene overcame a broken ski pole in her quarterfinal heat to advance to the semifinals, and then she qualified for the "B" final. Greene crossed the finish line second in that race for an eighth-place finish overall, 12 places higher than her finish in last year's freestyle sprint competition.
Emily Cromie also improved her sprint result by 12 positions from last year, finishing in 14th place overall. Adrienne Toof ended up in 20th place, just ahead of teammate Kaylyn Crompton in 21st place in the individual standings.
As a team, the Spartans collected 40 points to finish in fourth place, ahead of Wyoming and Cornell. Western State University of Colorado finished first in the team standings with 16 points, just ahead of St. Olaf College with 18 points and Clarkson University with 22 points. Western State's Anna Johnson won the individual competition, with teammate Rya Berrigan finishing second.
The USCSA Nordic National Championships will resume Friday, March 9, with the 15-kilometer Classic event, scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. for the women.