STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. — Dartmouth sophomore Brian McLaughlin earned first-team All-America honors in the men’s slalom by finishing on the podium in third place, while freshman Alexa Dlouhy and sophomore Kelly Moore garnered second-team honors in the women’s slalom by claiming seventh and eighth, respectively, as the Big Green enjoyed a terrific day on the slopes of Howelsen Hill on Friday at the NCAA Championship.

The men and women combined to score 131 points — five more than Dartmouth amassed on the first two days combined — to move up two places in the standings into fifth with 257. Denver surged ahead of Montana State, thanks in part to winning the women’s slalom, and owns a slim 16-point lead over the Bobcats, 405.5-390. Utah is in third with 362 points while host Colorado is comfortably in fourth with 340.5.

Due to warmer temperatures, the competition was held during the evening when cooler temperatures prevailed. The lighted course gave a bit more gravitas to the proceedings, and Dartmouth shined through by amassing the second-most points of the night behind only Denver.

McLaughlin, a native of Topsfield, Massachusetts, put himself in position to take a spot on the podium with his first run, which was the second-fastest at 40.56 seconds, trailing only Colorado’s Henrik Gunnarsson at 40.34. Meanwhile, his teammates ended up in the middle of the pack with sophomore Kevyn Read (Calgary, Alberta) in 16th and junior Thomas Woolson (Warren, Vt.) in 23rd.

The second run proved to be quite a bit slower, but Woolson shredded his way to the third-best time at 44.17 seconds to eventually allow him to jump six places in the standings into 17th with a combined time of 1:26.40. Read was consistent enough to maintain his standing in 16th, totaling 1:26.32 on the two runs, but McLaughlin enjoyed another strong run that was only slightly slower than Woolson at 44.26 seconds. It was enough to just nip Vermont’s Dominique Garand, who crushed his second attempt, by three-hundredths of a second for the final podium step with a time of 1:24.82. It was McLaughlin’s fifth straight podium in slalom races and sixth podium between the slalom and giant slalom this season.

Gunnarsson slipped back into second because Read’s older brother who skies for Denver, Erik Read, did just enough to beat him out for the national individual title with a winning time of 1:24.66. But Montana State, with its skiers finishing 6-7-8, won the event with 75 points while Colorado (66), Denver (63.5) and Dartmouth (63) were all huddled behind the Bobcats.

The Big Green women may not have had a skier on the podium, but they did put two among the top 10 in Dlouhy and Moore with a third, sophomore Foreste Peterson (Berkeley, Calif.) just on the outside in 11th. All three climbed up the standings from their first run to their second, as the skiing proved to be much more difficult when the second run began at 9 p.m. local time.

Dlouhy, from Montreal, Quebec, sliced her way through the course in 46.30 seconds on her first attempt to sit in ninth. Moore, another Canadian who hails from Ottawa, Ontario, was within shouting distance in 13th in 46.69 seconds with Peterson right on her heels in 15th at 46.74. The entire field took notice when three of the first five skiers to take another crack at the hill either did not finish or slipped past a post, causing them to hike back up to finish the course.

The Dartmouth trio avoided any major miscues with Moore turning in the fastest second run for the Big Green to finish eighth overall at 1:31.61. Despite a slower second time relative to the field, Dlouhy still managed to jump two spots in the standings into seventh, a mere three-hundredths of a second ahead of Moore. Peterson completed the second run in 45.21 seconds for a combined time of 1:31.95 to come in 11th.

Julie Mohagen claimed the individual crown for Utah, cruising to the title after a first run that was more than a second better than anyone else, recording a combined time of 1:29.63. But the Utes only finished fourth with 57 points as Denver picked up the team victory with two skiers in the top six to amass 79 points. The Big Green came in second with 68, Colorado third with 60 and Vermont fifth with 45.

 The NCAA Championship will conclude on Saturday morning with the classical cross country events. The men will go first, kicking off the 20K mass start at 11 a.m. (EST), while the women will compete in the 15K at 1 p.m. (EST).