STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. — On the strength of 11th-place finishes by junior Fabian Stocek and senior Mary O’Connell in the classical races at Howelsen Hill this morning, Dartmouth was able to hold on to its fifth-place standing at the NCAA Skiing Championship, scoring a total of 335 points to rank as the top team from the East. Vermont started the last event of the competition two points behind the Big Green, but the Dartmouth women’s Nordic team held off the Catamounts.

Denver, which entered the day with a 15.5-point lead, won both events to secure the national title for the second time in the last three years, beating out host Colorado by 76 points, 567.5 to 491.5. The Buffaloes jumped two places in the standings on the final day, leapfrogging Utah by a mere 6.5 points, while Montana State, the leader through the first two days, fell back to fourth with 406.

Below the Big Green, meanwhile, New Mexico rode a strong performance by their women today to pass Vermont for sixth with 317.5 points, with the Catamounts dropping to seventh with 310.

The day began with the men’s 20K Classical, and the three Dartmouth men started a bit slow with Stocek in 19th place after the first 5K lap, sophomore Callan DeLine (Avon, Colo.) 27th and senior Oscar Friedman (Boulder, Colo.) 29th. Stocek, a native of Jilemnice, Czech Republic, found his stride in the second lap, posting the seventh-best time to advance into 11th halfway through the race, while Friedman jumped all the way to 16th with DeLine less than three seconds behind in 20th.

After climbing into 10th with one lap remaining, Stocek could not fend off Denver’s Dag Trolleboe and finished in 11th place with a time of 51:40.4. DeLine continued his climb up the standings to eventually claim 15th in 52:17.7, and Friedman took 20th in 52:55.7.

The Pioneers did just enough with a finish of 2-10-13 to win the event with 76 points. Colorado, with the individual champion Mads Stroem with a time of 49:41.9, amassed 74 points, as did Utah with two skiers in the top 10, including Niklas Persson on the podium in third. The Big Green placed sixth with 47 points, behind Northern Michigan (60) and Vermont (52).

At 11 a.m. local time, it was time for the women’s 15K Classical race. O’Connell, skiing in her hometown, bolted out of the gate to join a group of 10 at the front of the pack. By the completion of the second of three laps, she held a tenuous spot in seventh but ultimately fell back to 11th with a time of 55:44.6. Classmate Corey Stock (Lincoln, Mass.), participating in her fourth straight NCAA Championship, put together a consistent race in the middle of the pack, taking 24th in 57:06.4. Finishing her first taste of the championship, freshman Lydia Blanchet (Anchorage, Alaska) wasn’t far behind in 27th at 57:38.9.

The Dartmouth trio accounted for 31 points to finish eighth in the race. Again Denver finished ahead of the field thanks to individual champion Linn Eriksen, who won by nearly 20 full seconds in 54:37.6. New Mexico managed to place all three of its skiers in the top 10 to post 81 for second, and the Buffaloes put two in the top five in collecting 77 for third.

The fifth-place finish is the highest for Dartmouth since the 2013 squad also took fifth. The Big Green placed sixth each of the past two years, and their most recent higher placing came in 2012 when they came in fourth.

Dartmouth ended the championship with five All-America performances, all on the alpine slopes. Sophomore Brian McLaughlin (Topsfield, Mass.) had the lone podium finish for the Big Green, claiming third in the slalom last night, and classmate Foreste Peterson (Berkeley, Calif.) also earned first-team All-America status for placing fifth in the women’s giant slalom on Wednesday. Earning spots on the second team were junior Thomas Woolson (Warren, Vt.) in the giant slalom, along with freshman Alexa Dlouhy (Montreal, Quebec) and sophomore Kelly Moore (Ottawa, Ontario) in the slalom.