CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University women's Nordic ski team heads to Bend, Ore., for the 2017 United States Collegiate Ski & Snowboard Association (USCSA) National Championships, taking place March 7-11 at the Mt. Bachelor Nordic Center.
The Spartans qualified for the national championships by finishing in second place among eligible squads at the ECSC Regional Championships Feb. 18-19 in Jericho, Vt.
Castleton has benefited from an infusion of new talent, led by Megan Greene, who led the Spartans in almost every event during the season. Greene finished third in the nine-kilometer race at the Castleton Invitational Jan. 21, ended up in the top six in both events during the Mansfield Division Championships Feb. 11-12, and finished seventh in the one-kilometer sprint at the regional meet.
Emily Cromie led Castleton in the seven-kilometer event at the Castleton Invitational with a seventh place finish, plus she finished ninth at both the five-kilometer race Feb. 12 and the one-kilometer speed race Feb. 18. Adrienne Toof has also performed well during her first season at Castleton, finishing 11th in the seven-kilometer event on Jan. 22 and 13th in the five-kilometer race on Feb. 12.
Hahnah Saroff consistently improved throughout her second season on the Spartan Nordic ski team, culminating with an 18th place finish in the 15-kilometer race at the regional championships Feb. 19. Carley Patch's best placement came on Jan. 21, when she finished 20th in the nine-kilometer event at Mountain Top.
The competition begins at 11 a.m. local time Tuesday, March 7, with the 7.5-kilometer classic, followed by the freestyle sprint at 10 a.m. Pacific time Wednesday, March 8. After a day off, the team is back in action Friday, March 10, with the 15-kilometer freestyle starting at 9 a.m. local time, and then the team sprint on Saturday, March 11, at 10 a.m. Pacific time to conclude the week.