STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. — Sophomore Callan DeLine was Dartmouth’s top finisher in the Nordic freestyle events on Thursday at the NCAA Championship hosted by the University of Colorado, placing 14th in the men’s 10K. The teams from the West dominated much of the action today, winning five of the six podium steps and the top nine slots in the women’s 5K.

Montana State added 134 points to their total to maintain its place atop the leaderboard with 282 after two days of competition with Utah and Denver close behind with 264 and 263 points, respectively.

DeLine was the last Dartmouth skier to launch with the interval start at Howelsen Hill, but his time after the first lap was the seventh fastest among the 40 skiers competing. Even though DeLine hails from Avon, Colorado, the altitude may have come into play as his second lap was quite a bit slower, but still strong enough to finish the event in 14th place with a time of 23:22.4. He earned 17 points that accounted for nearly half of the Big Green’s total of 37 on the day.

Another Colorado native, senior Oscar Friedman from Boulder, pushed through with a steady race, maintaining his position in 22nd place after the first lap through the finish at 23:38.7. Dartmouth’s top-ranked Nordic skier, junior Fabian Stocek (Jilemnice, Czech Republic) uncharacteristically struggled on this day, but still managed to earn a point by placing 30th in 24:07.0.

Mads Stroem of the host school won the individual championship by more than 10 seconds over Northern Michigan’s Ian Torchia with a time of 22:06.8, but NMU took the team title in the event with 89 points thanks to a 2-4-9 finish.

The Big Green women found the going tough on this day with senior Mary O’Connell — skiing in her hometown — leading the team in 27th place with a time of 13:59.2. Dartmouth’s other two weren’t much further back with freshman Lydia Blanchet (Anchorage, Alaska) in 29th at 14:05.5 and senior Corey Stock (Lincoln, Mass.) in 30th just 1.1 seconds behind Blanchet.

Montana State won the event as a team, and its top skier, Anika Miller, won the individual crown with a time of 13:06.1. Colorado, Utah, Denver and MSU each placed two among the top 10, with Vermont’s Mary-Kate Cirelli the top finisher from the East in 10th at 13:23.6.

The NCAA Championship will continue on Friday with the slalom for the men and women. Due to the warm weather, however, the slalom will not begin until 8 p.m. (EST) and will conclude close to midnight. Visit the NCAA website for information on how to watch the competition.