Nordic team sixth in 10K event at NCAA meet

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: March 5, 2008
BOZEMAN, Mont. --- The Colby College men's Nordic team had three skiers in the top 21, finished sixth overall, and was first among schools from the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) in the 10-kilometer freestyle event at the NCAA Skiing Championships at Bohart Ranch on Wednesday.

The Mules had 62 points to edge Middlebury College (60) and Dartmouth (58) for EISA honors. Colorado won the event with 89 points.

Silas Gill (Jackson, N.H.) finished in 18th place in a time of 32 minutes, 26.3 seconds. Nick Kline (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) took 19th in 32:30.2 and Wyatt Fereday (Boise, Idaho) took 21st in 32:36.2 for the Mules, who have a full team (at least three skiers) at nationals for the first time.

While the Mules had no women skiing in the 5K race, Colby still stands at ninth overall (all Nordic and alpine events combined). Skiing continues Thursday with the giant slalom for the alpine skiers, while the second Nordic event is Friday.

Dartmouth's Glenn Randall won the title with a time of 30:37.3.

NCAA 10K freestyle technique team scores

Nordic men

1. Colorado 89; 2. Utah 80; 3. Denver 74; 4. Alaska-Fairbanks 73; 5. New Mexico 65; 6. Colby 62; 7. Middlebury 60; 8. (tie) Dartmouth and Northern Michigan 58; 10. Alaska-Anchorage 49; 11. Bates 36; 12. St. Scholastica 25; 13. Vermont 17; 14. Wisconsin-Green Bay 12; 15. Nevada 8; 16. Montana State 7; 17. Michigan Tech 6

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