Middlebury's Cone wins giant slalom national title

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — Middlebury College’s Rob Cone claimed the men’s giant slalom national title on day two of competition at the 2015 NCAA Skiing Championships at Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid, N.Y., to highlight the Panther ski team’s efforts in the multi-day competition.

The Independent will publish full results for the Panthers in the Thursday edition.  

Cone, a sophomore, also an All-American in 2011, became Middlebury’s first men’s individual skiing champion since Robert MacLeod took home the men’s slalom title in 1989.

Cone’s performance, along with that of Christopher McKenna, led the Panther men’s GS team to the national title in the event despite having just two scorers.

Cone finished with a combined time of 2:16.79, edging Denver’s Sebastian Brigovic (2:17.22). He posted the fourth-fastest time (1:10.21) in his first run, and on his second try posted the day’s best run of 1:06.58 to clinch the title.

With the victory, Cone stood atop the podium for the fourth time this winter after claiming the GS title at the season’s first three carnivals.

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