LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — In the first event at the NCAA Skiing Championships, Dartmouth sophomore Patrick Caldwell finished the 10K Freestyle course at Mt. Van Hoevenberg in 25:09.1 to beat out Denver's Moritz Madlener by 2.2 seconds and win the individual title. He is the first Big Green skier to earn a national title since Sam Tarling ’13 won the freestyle in 2011.
Dartmouth finished the first day of competition in sixth place with 88 points, while Colorado opened up a substantial lead over Utah, 155-131, to sit atop the standings.
Madlener was the first to traverse the course in the interval-start race and set the standard for the other skiers by finishing in 25:11.3. It wasn’t until Caldwell launched — the last skier to start — that he was seriously challenged. Throughout the race, no one had been closer than seven seconds to Madlener at the conclusion of the first lap, but Caldwell bested his time by eight. Caldwell then did just enough to beat Madlener’s time at the finish line to take the title.
As the individual champion, Caldwell earned first-team All-America honors, while senior Silas Talbot garnered second-team honors for placing eighth overall in 26:24.2. With sophomore Fabian Stocek placing 24th in 27:10.7, Dartmouth amassed 70 points to finish the event in second. The Buffaloes’ Rune Oedegaard joined Caldwell and Madlener on the podium in third, while his teammate, Mads Stroem, took fourth to help Colorado finish atop the team standings with 82 points.
In the women’s 5K Freestyle race, the Western schools dominated the top of the standings with the top 10 finishers. Junior Corey Stock was the lone Dartmouth skier, and second among those from the East, and finished 13th overall with a time of 15:16.4. Veronika Mayerhofer led the Utah Utes (which had three of the top nine) to a team victory by winning the race in 14:21.4, well ahead of Denver’s Sylvai Nordskar in second with a time of 14:34.6. Emilie Cedervaern completed the podium in third at 14:37.2, a mere tenth of a second ahead of Montana State’s Cambria McDermott.
The NCAA Championships continue on Thursday, beginning with the women’s giant slalom at Whiteface Mountain beginning at 9 a.m. The men will compete starting at 12:30 p.m. Keep up with the action with the live stream and the live timing.
|Silas Talbot (left) and Patrick Caldwell show off their hardware after earning All-America stats in the 10K Freestyle on Wednesday.||Junior Corey Stock represented the women’s Nordic team well by placing 13th in the 5K Freestyle.