JACKSON, N.H. — Freshman Lauren Jortberg placed 10th in the women’s 5K Classical at the Jackson Ski Touring Center on Thursday, leading all Dartmouth skiers on the second day of the NCAA Championships. As a team, the Big Green fell back one spot into fifth place with 170 points, just seven behind the leader after the first day of alpine action yesterday, Montana State.

Utah enjoyed the best showing in the cross country races today, winning the men’s 10K race while placing second in the women’s to amass 165.5 points and surge into the overall lead with 301.5. Denver moved into second place (265), and Colorado surged into third (240) on the strength of its team win in the women’s 5K.

Racers endured blustery conditions throughout the day, beginning with the women’s 5K. Freshman Lauren Jortberg supplied the best Dartmouth time in 15:44.2, which just beat out Montana State’s Anika Miller for the final spot in the top 10 by three-tenths of a second. She was able to finish as high as she did despite falling down twice during the race. Fellow freshman Abby Drach was the first Big Green skier to begin in the staggered start, and though she was a bit under the weather, she trudged through to finish up in 16:36.6. That time was good for 27th place, earning four points for the Dartmouth team. Sophomore Lydia Blanchet was the other skier competing for the Green, and she completed the race in 16:57.7, ending up in 34th.

The skier that launched right after Jortberg, Petra Hincicova  of Colorado, ending up winning the gold by nearly 20 seconds, crossing the tape in 14:55.1. Utah’s Merete Myrseth came in second in 15:14.2 with Vermont’s Alayna Sonnesyn close behind to complete the podium in 15:15.3. With Hincicova leading the way, Colorado collected the most points (94) with two other skiers finishing in the top 10. Dartmouth tallied 25 points, tying with New Mexico for seventh in the event.

The conditions did not improve by the time the men started at 11:30 as the wind continued to whip through the course. Senior Fabian Stocek posted the eighth-fastest time on the first of two laps, but then struggled a bit on the second to fall back into 12th place in 27:17.4, which was the third-best among the skiers from the East. Not far behind Stocek was junior Luke Brown who finished up in 27:21.0, good for 14th overall, while fellow junior Callan DeLine picked up two points for the team in 29th at 28:05.0.

Martin Bergstroem of Utah was the last skier to launch but posted the best time by over 25 seconds in 25:33.1, and teammate Martin Mikkelsen joined him on the podium in third at 26:25.7 Sandwiched between the two Utes was Denver’s Trollboe with a time of 25:59.9 to take the silver, and the Pioneers were the lone team to place all three skiers in the top 10. But it wasn’t enough to catch Utah, which scored 89.5 points to just nip Denver’s 87. On the strength of their two skiers in the top 15, the Big Green finished sixth in the event with 38 points.

The alpine skiers will take to the slopes for the slalom at Cannon Mountain in Franconia, New Hampshire, one more time on Friday morning, beginning with the women at 9 a.m. The races can be seen live online at www.ncaa.com/liveschedule.