Middlebury sits fifth after day one of NCAA Championships

Lucia Bailey placed 14th in the giant slalom.

The Middlebury Alpine Ski Team competed in the giant slalom on day one of the NCAA Championships at Park City Mountain Resort in Park City, Utah. The men’s team put in an excellent showing, finishing tied for sixth with 44.5 points. The Panther Alpine and Nordic teams are in fifth place out of 23 teams with 131.5 points at the halfway point. Host school Utah leads all schools with 286.5 points, while Colorado (262 points), Denver (249 points) and the University of Vermont (235 points) round out the top five.

Bradshaw Underhill led the way for the Panthers, finishing 11th in a 34-runner field with a two-run time of 1:59.08. justin alker was next on the men’s side with a combined time of 1:59.63 to place 15th. Axel Bailey finished his two strips on the mountain in 2:00.18, good for 22nd.

On the women’s side, Lucia Bailey placed 14th with a combined time of 2:05.72. Mika-Anne Reha was next for Middlebury, finishing in 22nd place with a two-run time of 2:07.25. Sophie Yubero rounded out the Panthers team, clocking a combined time of 2:10.74.

NORDIC RECAP

The alpine team is back in action on Friday as they compete in the slalom. The first men’s round is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. MST, followed by the women’s at 10:00 a.m. MST. The Nordic team is inactive on Friday, before resuming racing on Saturday in the final event of the championships. The men will compete in the 20K freestyle starting at 9:30 a.m. MST, followed by the women in the 15K freestyle at 11:30 a.m. MST.

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