QUEENSBURY, N.Y. – The Castleton men's alpine skiing team collected a third-place finish despite a handful of racers not completing the course on Saturday in the giant slalom at West Mountain.
The Spartans posted a team time of 8:21.97, 11 seconds off the pace of the top squad, Babson. Clarkson finished in second place with a time of 8:15.09, while the University of Connecticut finished fourth at 8:22.32.
Jan Klindic was Castleton's top finisher, racing his way to a sixth-place finish with a combined time of 1:38.44. The rookie sat in 11th place following the initial runs, though he posted the second-fastest time on the second run to jump up to sixth place. Matt Couture finished less than a second behind Klindic at 1:39.34, but the crowded leaderboard forced him outside of the top 10 in 12th place. Erick Robicseck rounded out the top-three finishers for the Spartans in 20th place with a time of 1:40.94.
The Spartans were without the time of last week's giant slalom winner Erik Brobacke, who did not finish after losing a ski during his initial run. Four Spartans in total tallied DNF's, while other competitors for the Spartans included Carter Lawrence (1:41.55) and Andrew Borden (1:41.70).
Babson had the top two finishers in the 72-racer field, as Macintyre Henderson (1:37.45) and Dougie Deluca (1:37.81) finished back-to-back. Colden Mrak from Clarkson rounded out the race's top-three.
The Spartans are back on the slopes Sunday at West Mountain for the slalom.