LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – Led by two top-16 finishes, the Castleton University men's Nordic ski team completed the first event of the USCSA National Championships in seventh place as competition began Tuesday at Mt. Van Hoevenberg.
In the 7.5-kilometer freestyle, David Harvey was Castleton's top finisher, completing the course in 23:22.30 to finish in 13th place. Devin Perry was close behind Harvey, ending up in 16th place with a time of 23:38.40.
Jared Wheeler was next for the Spartans, posting a time of 26:21.20 to finish in 40th place. Thomas Rizza finished in 50th place with a time of 29:25.50, a little quicker than teammate Keegan Cummings, who ended up in 51st place in 29:49.70. Devin VanBockler finished in 54th place with a time of 35:20.50.
Castleton combined for a team score of 62 points, finishing in seventh place ahead of Maine-Farmington, Cornell, Michigan, and Stanford. Western State University in Colorado cruised to the team title with just 14 points, with Mitchell Hollman of Air Force earning individual honors with a time of 21:39.40.
The USCSA National Championships continue Wednesday, March 7, with the Classic sprint, starting with the qualifier races at 10 a.m. and followed by the sprint heats at 12 noon.