LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – Matt Couture placed sixth overall this afternoon to lead Castleton men's alpine skiing to a fifth-place finish in the slalom at the 38th annual USCSA National Championships on Whiteface Mountain.
The Spartans had three skiers post top-30 finishes with a total time of 4:31.60 to capture the top-five finish. Rocky Mountain College took the championship with two of the top three finishers in 4:22.38, while Sierra Nevada College (4:26.42) trailed just behind in second. Idaho and Clarkson rounded out the top five with respective finishes of third (4:28.56) and fourth (4:31.17).
Couture tied for the program's best individual performance this afternoon with his sixth-place finish to earn USCSA All-America honors. The junior stood 12th overall after his intial run (45.33), but posted an impressive time of 43.44 in his second try to secure the top-ten finish. Connor Kelly closed out his notable debut season at Castleton with a 23rd-place finish (1:31.01), followed by Tyler Smith in 27th (1:31.82), Erick Robicsek in 37th (1:37.81) and Christopher Yopp in 57th (1:52.22).
The Spartans close out the 2016 USCSA National Championships tomorrow when the men's and women's squads compete in the dual-slalom races on Whiteface Mountain.