BOZEMAN, Mont. – Two skiers from Maine finished in the top five in Nordic freestyle events on the first day of the NCAA skiing championship Wednesday.

Sam Tarling of Cumberland, a junior at Dartmouth, was third in the men’s 10-kilometer freestyle with a time of 25 minutes, 53.6 seconds, finishing 33.4 seconds behind Erik Soderman of Northern Michigan.

Jordan Buetow of Bates was 29th in 27:21.1 and Jake Barton of Colby was 32nd in 27:35.4.

In the women’s 5K, Lucy Garrec of Freeport, a senior at Vermont, placed fourth in 14:31.8, just .8 seconds behind third-place finisher Sophie Caldwell of Dartmouth. Maria Graefnings of Utah won it in 14:05.9.

Beth Taylor of Bates placed 19th in 15:35.1, and teammate Hallie Grossman (16:11.4) was 32nd.

Dartmouth leads the combined men’s and women’s standings with 214 points. Vermont (183) is second and Utah (179) is third.


MAINE 13, WESTERN MICHIGAN 7: The Black Bears (4-6) scored seven runs in the first inning and went on to beat the Broncos (4-7) at Winter Haven, Fla.

Colin Gay led off the first with a walk and moved to second on Eric White’s sacrifice. Maine then scored two runs on four straight walks, and Fran Whitten hit a two-run double.

Gay and White each added an RBI single later in the inning.


SOUTHERN MAINE 15, UNE 13: The visiting Huskies rallied twice from a four-goal deficit in the first half to win their opener at Biddeford.

Jenna Cyr and Shelby Turcotte each scored four goals for USM. Cara Cole had five goals for UNE (2-1).