CASTLETON, Vt. – Castleton's men's skiing looks to continue its recent string of success on the national level, as the squad competes in the 38th annual USCSA National Championships on March 8-12 at Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid, N.Y.
The Spartans qualified for Nationals for the ninth consecutive season after claiming the program's first Eastern Regional Championship since 2012 at Mt. Abram on March 27-28. The squad took home the top spot in the giant slalom before finishing second overall in the slalom to claim the victory in the overall combined standings.
Connor Kelly paced the Castleton squad in the GS event at Mt. Abram, capturing his first win of the year in 1:08.82. The junior has had a fantastic debut season with the Spartans, recording six top-ten finishes and leading the squad in four different events. Junior Matt Couture finished sixth in the GS and second in the slalom to finish the weekend at second in the combined standings. Couture has been the squad's top skier this year, ending the regular season in third in the division with nine top ten finishes and two victories.
Tyler Smith placed ninth overall in the combined standings at Mt. Abram, with top-15 finishes in both days of competition. Fellow senior Gordon Mason placed 11th overall in the GS with a time of 1:11.86, while Christopher Yopp delivered one of his best performances of the year to stake a 12th-place finish in the slalom at Regionals.
The Spartans have finished inside the top ten in each of the last four seasons at Nationals, including a fourth-place finish in last year's edition. Couture led the squad on both days of competition in 2015, placing 15th in the GS and 17th in the slalom to help Castleton capture respective finishes of third and fourth overall in those events.