Saints' Meng continues impressive Nordic Ski run at Dartmouth Carnival
St. Lawrence University sophomore Nordic skier Austin Meng continued his string of impressive showings on Friday at the 2013 Dartmouth Carnival. Meng earned his third consecutive top-12 finish, this one in the men's 10K classic, leading the Saints to sixth place in the team standings.
Meng finished in 12th position overall in the 10k with a time of 31:44.8, earning 31.0 points towards the carnival. Will Frielinghaus and Kyle Curry closed out the scoring, as each recorded career-best finishes as well on Friday. Frielinghaus was 22nd and earned 23.0 points, while Curry was 36th to cap the team's scoring."I think as the season has gone on, we're starting to ski with more and more confidence," said St. Lawrence head coach Ethan Townsend. "Austin is in the hunt for an NCAA berth and continues to thrive, while other guys like Will and Kyle are stepping up as well."
Phillip Marshall (54th), Reed Likly (55th) and Austin Hart (58th) rounded out St. Lawrence's team scoring in the men's race.
On the women's side, rookies Sienna Searles and Cassidy Cichowicz were the top Saints finishers in the women's 5K classic. Searles raced in 18:49.3 to close in 38th position, followed by her classmate Cichowicz in 41st. Senior Kelsey Nichols capped the scoring in 44th place as the team finished in 11th overall.
St. Lawrence was also represented in the women's event by Erin Perryman (51st), Kate Mulcahy (54th) and Margaret Nitschke (56th).
The hosting Big Green of Dartmouth both earned narrow team victories on Friday ahead of UVM despite both individual winners in the classic races (Scott Patterson and Anja Gruber) coming from the Catamounts.
St. Lawrence will compete tomorrow on the second day of the Dartmouth Carnival in the 3x5K Relays.