The ski team slipped into second place Thursday, but remains very much in the hunt at the midway point of the 62nd NCAA Skiing Championships. Originally posted by CUBuffs.com Click here to view the article. " LAKE PLACID, N.Y. —The University of Colorado ski team slipped into second place here Thursday at the midway point of the 62nd NCAA Skiing Championships, as the giant slalom races proved to be disastrous almost across the board, the end result being a tightened leaderboard. Utah, down by 24 points after the Nordic freestyle races Wednesday, overtook the Buffaloes atop the standings, albeit by a slim 4-point margin. The Utes have amassed 241 points, with CU recording 237; defending national champion Denver moved from fifth into third with 232, while New Mexico (204) and Vermont (192) round out the top five . The four-point differential between first and second ties the third closest standing at the midway point in the last 25 championships; Dartmouth held a 1-point lead over Denver in 2007 on its way to winning the title, and Utah held a 2½-point lead in 1999 ... but eventually lost to Colorado by 14 (DU led by four in 2009 and went on to win by 56 over the Buffs). ... "