STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. – Nina Armstrong wrapped up the final day of competition at the 2018 NCAA Skiing Championship with the 15K freestyle. The junior placed 40th in a time of 52:13.0 to conclude her first appearance in the national championship event.
The Howelsen Hill course hovers around seven thousand feet. The elevation is 6,696 feet at the base and 7,136 feet at the peak. Armstrong registered a time of 16:20 through the first 5K split. The Lake Placid, N.Y. native went through 10K with a 17:45 clip and ended with a final split of 17:58.
Katharine Ogden of Dartmouth won the event in 43:22.0. Odgen broke away from her nearest competition after the first five kilometers and was all alone at the finish. Hailey Swirbul (University of Alaska-Anchorage) took second in 44:00.4. Linn Eriksen (University of Denver) also reached the podium, taking third in 44:08.3.
On Thursday, Armstrong posted a time of 18:59.0 in the 5K classic and took 40th place.