CASTLETON, Vt. – Castleton's men's alpine skiing looks to secure its eighth consecutive trip to the USCSA National Championships this weekend, as the squad competes in the USCSA Eastern Regional Championships on Mt. Abram in Greenwood, Maine.
Castleton finished third overall in the ECSC MacConnell Division after closing out the season with runners-up finishes in two of the last three events. In their last outing on Feb. 21 at Sunapee, the Spartans had four skiers in the top 15, including a pair of top-seven racers, en route to a second-place finish in the giant slalom.
Connor Kelly was the top Spartan at Sunapee, finishing second overall in 1:56.32, just 0.95 seconds off first place. The junior has had an impressive debut season, recording five top-ten finishes and pacing Castleton's squad on three separate occasions. Matt Couture finished just behind Kelly at Sunapee in seventh, marking his seventh top-ten finish of the season so far. Tyler Smith has placed inside the top-15 in six events this year, while Gordon Mason, Brendan Drexler and Erick Robicsek have continually finished amongst the team's top five this year.
With a top-five finish this weekend, the Spartans will qualify for the USCSA National Championships, which are slated for March 9-12 in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Along with the Regional Championships, Couture, Kelly and Smith have qualified for the NCAA Regional/EISA Championships. On Friday, the trio will feature in the slalom event at the Middlebury Snow Bowl against some of the top collegiate skiers in the nation. For more information on Friday's race, click here.