Spartans Place Second in Slalom at West Mountain; Advance to USCSA National Championships

Spartans Place Second in Slalom at West Mountain; Advance to USCSA National Championships

QUEENSBURY, N.Y. – The Castleton men's alpine ski team placed three racers in the top 10 on Sunday at West Mountain to claim a second-place finish in the slalom of the USCSA Eastern Regional Championships.

The second-place mark put the Spartans in second overall for the combined two-day standings, and advances the team to the USCSA National Championships in Bend, Ore., March 8-11.

The Spartans finished at 4:44.24 as a team, narrowly missing out on the top spot as Babson clocked in at 4:41.45 on the day. Clarkson rounded out the top three with a time of 4:47.91.

Warm weather couldn't slow down the Spartans' top skiers, as Erik Brobacke paced Castleton with a time of 1:34.26 to place fifth overall. Jan Klindic wasn't far behind, clocking in at 1:34.61 for a seventh-place spot for the Spartans. Matt Couture rounded out the Spartans' scorers in 10th place with a time of 1:35.37.

Paul Klosterman checked in with a 17th-place time of 1:36.70, while Cameron Heald failed to finish his first run and did not post a time for the day.

The University of Massachusetts's Chase Ennis was the top finisher on the day, racing his way to a time of 1:33.36. Babson claimed the Nos. 2, 3 and 4 spots as Macintyre Henderson, Jack Blanchard and Dougie Deluca finished consecutively for the Beavers.