WILSON, Wyo. – Placing three racers inside the top 15, the Castleton University men's nordic team placed first overall – winning the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association National Championships – in the 7.5-kilometer classic on Tuesday afternoon at the Trail Creek Nordic Center. It is the first such championship in program history.
Winning by 11 points, Castleton placed its top 3 skiers in second, third and 12th place overall to total 17 team points. Coming behind Castleton in the money was Western State Colorado University (28) and Clarkson University (30).
Posting times just over one second apart, Andrew Doherty (22:33.2) and John Paluszek (22:34.8) placed second and third overall after the final results were tabulated. One of the earlier skiers, Paluszek led the field for a large portion of the race as he posted the second-fastest time during the first and second laps of the course. Doing the opposite, Doherty started with the eighth-fastest time during the first lap, but closed out with the third-quickest split on laps two and three to finish second overall.
David Harvey (24:30.2) mocked Paluszek's performance, starting slow and finishing with a strong close to get inside the top 15.
Men's nordic returns to action at 9 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time on Wednesday to take part in the freestyle sprint.
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