Meng leads Saints in Classic Nordic Ski Races at NCAA Regionals
The St. Lawrence University Nordic ski teams began competition at the 2013 NCAA Regional Championships, hosted by Bates College, on Friday at Black Mountain. Sophomore Austin Meng led the Saints in the classic races, helping the men's team to seventh in the team standings.
Meng, who remains inside the bubble for an NCAA Championship bid with only one race remaining, finished in 19th position overall in the men's 10k Classic. The Truckee, CA native clocked in at 28:49.2, good for his sixth career top-20 and 22.0 points in the team standings.Will Frielinghaus and Kyle Curry followed for St. Lawrence and capped the team's scoring at 53.0 points thanks to 27th and 37th place finishes, respectively. Sophomore Reed Likly posted his career-best finish in 4th position, while rookies Phillip Marshall (61st) and James McCatherin (63rd) rounded out the men's line-up.
Senior Kelsey Nichols was the top finisher for the Saints in the women's 5k Classic with a time of 16:30.2, also earning 22.0 points for the Scarlet and Brown. First-year students Cassidy Cichowicz and Sienna Searles were 35th and 47th, respectively, as St. Lawrence was 10th in the team standings.
Also competing for the Saints women's team were Kate Mulcahy (49th), Erin Perryman (58th) and Melanie Swick (61st).
Dartmouth College was victorious in both the men's and women's classic races, including an individual victory for the Big Green on the women's side from Mary O'Connell. Scott Patterson of UVM earned the title in the men's race.
Meng and the Saints will look to close the EISA Carnival season in style tomorrow, Saturday, February 23 when they compete in the freestyle races, with NCAA Championship bids announced following the competition.