Massie, Roberts in top 15 at NCAA meet

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: March 8, 2013
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Cassady Roberts (Cory Ransom photo)

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. --- Colby College senior Marc Massie (Wayzata, Minn.) placed 14th in the men's slalom and senior Cassady Roberts (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) used a blazing second run to finish 15th in the women's race at the NCAA Division I Skiing Championships on Friday at Snow Bowl.

Craig Marshall (Carrabassett Valley, Maine) had a solid second run to finish 20th in the men's race, while Colby teammate Jim Ryan (Mendon, Vt.)  took 22nd.

Massie earned his ninth top-15 finish of the season after clocking the eighth-best time (51.14) in the second run of 32 skiers. He was in 18th place after his opening run of 49.67 and finished with a two-run total time of 1:40.81. 

Roberts had the fifth-best time in the second run at 49.25, beating the clocking of national champion Kristine Haugen (49.30) of Denver University. Roberts was 22nd after her opening run of 51.44 on the way to a total time of 1:40.69. 

Marshall, a sophomore, earned a top-20 finish by a two-run total time of 1:42.11 in his first NCAA slalom race. His 51.47 in his second run put him among the top 16 skiers (he was 15th) of the 32 in the event. He was in 26th place after his opening run of 50.64.

Ryan, a junior in his third straight NCAA meet, was 25th after his opening run of 50.59. Like the other Colby skiers, he had a faster second run (51.67, 20th) to move up to 22nd place in a total time of 1:42.26.

Colby earned 89 points on the day and finished the NCAA meet with 132 points. The Mules, with no Nordic skiers competing on Saturday, stand in 11th place in the total team results.

Haugen (Lommedalen, Norway) became the fifth woman to score an alpine title sweep at the NCAA Skiing Championships.

New Mexico's Joonas Rasanen (Helsinki, Finland) claimed the men's title after a tough second run that saw a number of the leaders slip. That helped the Lobos post the day's second-best team score and close to within striking distance of a podium finish heading into Saturday's final events, the Nordic freestyle mass start races at Rikert Nordic Center.

Defending champion Vermont remains the team to beat after leading the overall scoring to push its three-day total to 564 points. Colorado is second, 54 points behind, while Denver (484 points), Utah (481) and New Mexico (449) round out the top five.


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