Meng earns first career Top-10 with Saints' Nordic ski team in 10K Classic at UVM
Monday, February 4, 2013 - 7:06 am

St. Lawrence University sophomore Nordic skier Austin Meng propelled himself into the mix for a berth to the 2013 NCAA Championships on Sunday with his first collegiate top-10 finish at the UVM Carnival.

Meng, who had set his career-best showing with a 12th place finish on Saturday, raced the men's 10K classic in 28:46.7 to finish in 10th overall.

"Things are definitely trending in a positive direction after a solid weekend," said St. Lawrence head coach Ethan Townsend. "This was definitely an impressive weekend for Austin as he launches himself into competition for a spot in the national championship field."

Meng, who received 31.0 points towards the carnival, was joined by Will Frielinghaus (31st) and Kyle Curry (50th) in the scoring. The trio combined for 56.5 points to finish in seventh place as a team. Reed Likly (59th) rounded out the team's line-up on Sunday.

In the women's 10K classic, senior Kelsey Nichols matched her career-best finish in 21st place with a time of 34:55.2. It was the third time in her career that she was 21st in an EISA race.

First-year student Cassidy Cichowicz also matched her collegiate-best finish in 30th place, while Sienna Searles closed out the team's scoring in 36th place. The team finished with 55.0 points, matching the men's team in seventh place.

St. Lawrence was also represented by Erin Perryman (53rd), Margaret Nitschke (55th) and Melanie Swick (56th) in the women's classic event.

Dartmouth College swept the Nordic races at UVM on Sunday, as both the men's and women's teams earned the victories for the Big Green. Sam Tarling and Annie Hart also won the men's and women's races, respectively, for Dartmouth.

The EISA circuit continues next weekend, as St. Lawrence will head to Oak Hill to race in the 2013 Dartmouth Carnival on February 8 and 9.