CASTLETON, Vt. – After a two-week hiatus from competition, the Castleton men's alpine skiing team returns to the slopes this weekend with events at Pat's Peak and Mount Sunapee in New Hampshire.
The Spartans look to return strongly from their break after finishing fourth or better in every event so far. In their previous competition on Jan. 30-31, the squad took home back-to-back fourth-place finishes in the giant slalom at Whiteface Mountain.
So far this season, Matt Couture and Connor Kelly have been the squad's top racers. Couture has finished as the top Spartan skier in three events this year, including a first-place finish in the GS race at West Mountain. Kelly, meanwhile, has paced the Castleton squad twice so far, and posted his best finish of the year in the first GS race at Whiteface, placing sixth overall in 2:06.57. Senior Tyler Smith has been just as good, notching at least a top-20 finish in every race and breaking into the top 10 three times. Other major contributors include seniors Gordon Mason and Brendan Drexler, who have routinely cracked the squad's top five this year.
The Spartans currently sit fourth in the ECSC MacConnell Division with 19 points. Clarkson stands atop the rankings with 12 points after winning the last three competitions, followed by UConn (16) in second and Babson (18) in third.
Castleton competed on Mount Sunapee in 2015, capturing a third-place finish in the GS. Couture led the squad with a fourth-place finish (1:46.71), while Patrick Burke trailed just behind in fifth in a time of 1:48.41. The Spartans haven't competed at Pat's Peak in any of the last three seasons.