LUDLOW, Vt. – The Castleton men's alpine ski team picked up a second-place finish in its first action of the season on Thursday, finishing just over three seconds off the pace of the top spot in the slalom race at Okemo.
The Spartans finished with a team time of 8:02.00, narrowly behind Clarkson's team total of 7:58.93. Castleton held its ground in both runs, as it was in second place after each. Babson finished in third place on the day (8:10.91), while Saint Anselm (8:15.00) and the University of Connecticut (UConn) (8:22.09) rounded out the top five.
Matt Couture was Castleton's top finisher, crossing the line in seventh place out of 73 competitors at 1:34.88. Cameron Heald placed eighth in his first action as a Spartan with a time of 1:35.66, while Jan Klindic's first race was a success as he notched an 11th place finish with a time of 1:36.17. The rookie was in 17th place after the first run, but he posted the fifth-best second run of the field to move up six spots on the leaderboard.
Paul Klosterman registered a time of 1:37.09 to finish fourth on the team and 14th on the day, while Carter Lawrence moved up eight spots on the leaderboard after posting the ninth-fastest second run of the day at 1:38.20 for an 18th-place finish. Nick Franssen (1:41.89) and Andrew Borden (1:44.32) rounded out the competitors for the Spartans.
UConn's Brian Chambers was the top finisher on the day, racing his way to a time of 1:33.14—the only competitor with a sub-1:34.00 time. Colden Mark of Clarkson collected a second-place finish with a time of 1:34.32, while Douglas Deluca of Babson rounded out the top three with a time of 1:34.63.
Castleton is back on the slopes on Friday at Okemo for the giant slalom.