BOZEMAN, Mont. — Vermont senior Amy Glen won the national championship in the women’s 15k classic race at Bohart Ranch in Bozeman, Mont., to cap off a strong day of skiing for the University of Vermont on day three of the NCAA Championships.
Vermont maintains its hold on first place and enters the final day of racing with a 92-point lead against Utah. The Catamounts have 614 points through three days and is followed by Utah with 522 points and Dartmouth is third with 510 points.
Glen closes out her collegiate career by becoming the second Catamount to win a national championship in the women’s 15k classic event. She joins former Catamount Laura Wilson who won the title in 1991. Glen also joins Wilson as the only two skiers from the east to win the event.
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Glen and Dartmouth’s Sophie Caldwell battled to the finish and after a video review and 15-kilometers of racing, it was determined Glen out stretched Caldwell by two inches at the finish line and was declared the winner.
Ironically, Glen was also a photo-finish winner against teammate Lucy Garrec in the 15k classic race at the Dartmouth Carnival earlier this year on the EISA Circuit.
Glen, who was sixth in the 2011 classic race, posted a winning time 53.25.1, beating out Caldwell by a one-tenth of a second (53.32.2).
Glen was joined on the podium by Garrec (53:48.7) and Caitlin Patterson followed in fifth (54:10.1). All three Catamounts earned first-team All-America honors in their final collegiate races.
The race marked the first time in any NCAA Nordic event (men or women) that two schools (Vermont 1-3-5 and Dartmouth 2-4-6) occupied the top-six spots.
In the men’s 20k classic race, senior Franz Bernstein earned a podium appearance in his final collegiate race with a third-place finish. He posted a time of 56:40.8 to lead the Catamounts and earned first-team All-America honors.
Utah’s Miles Havlick won the race in a time of 56:24.3 after placing second in the freestyle on Wednesday. David Norris of Montana State, the host school for the NCAA Championships this year, earned second place with a time of 56:25.8.
Alex Howe earned his second consecutive top-20 finish, placing 17th (59:04.9) overall and Dylan Grald was 22nd (59:38.2) in the second NCAA race of his career to round out the UVM men’s squad.