LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – Castleton's men's alpine skiing opened up the 38th annual USCSA National Championships today with an eighth-place finish in the giant slalom at Whiteface Mountain.
The Spartans came home in eighth after posting a total team time of 6:24.52, less than two seconds behind seventh-place UConn (6:22.78). Rocky Mountain College claimed the National GS Championship with four of the top six finishers in a time of 5:56.18. Sierra Nevada College fell just 0.8 seconds short of the win in second, followed by Idaho (6:05.24), Clarkson (6:09.78), St. Olaf College (6:13.46) and the University of Nevada (6:20.60) in third through sixth.
Junior Matt Couture paced the Spartan squad with a 22nd-place finish. The junior posted an initial run of 1:03.29 before going 1:02.04 in his second one to finish with a time of 2:05.33. Erick Robicsek trailed just seven spots back in 29th with a time of 2:09.06, while Gordon Mason and Connor Kelly notched respective finishes of 32nd (2:10.13) and 33rd (2:10.24).
Castleton's women's squad is back in action tomorrow at 9:30 am with the slalom event, followed by the men's slalom race on Friday. Both teams will also feature in Saturday's dual-slalom event to close out the 2016 National Championships.