Meng Finishes 30th in Classic at NCAA’s
Mar. 7: St. Lawrence University Nordic skier Austin Meng competed in the 2013 NCAA Championships on Thursday for the first time in his career in Middlebury, VT.
Meng raced the men's 10K Classic in a time of 27:55.8, finishing 30th overall in a 40-man field dominated by Division I scholarship athletes. The Truckee, CA native is the first St. Lawrence male competitor to qualify for NCAA's since 2010.
"Overall, I'm pretty pleased with the way Austin raced today, as he met his expectations against a very strong field," said St. Lawrence head coach Ethan Townsend. "We're certainly looking for him to finish in the low-to-mid 20's in the freestyle race."
The University of Colorado's Rune Oedegaard won the Men's 10K Classic in 26:00.2 ahead of New Mexico's Mats Resaland. UVM's Anja Gruber claimed the women's title in the 5K Classic representing the EISA.
Meng will compete again on Saturday in the freestyle competition on the final day of NCAA's. The alpine skiers, Ashley-Kate Durham and Graham Scott, race again tomorrow in the slalom.