BEND, Ore. – Jan Klindic made history for the Castleton men's alpine skiing team on Wednesday, becoming the first Spartan male to place on the podium with a third-place finish at the USCSA National Championships in the slalom at Mount Bachelor, as Castleton finished fourth overall as a team.
Klindic was seeded 30th after the day's initial run after posting a time of 57.40 seconds. The freshman was the first racer down the mountain for the second run, laying down the fastest second run of the day at 54.69 seconds. The time propelled Klindic to the top spot on the leaderboard for the time being, a spot he held nearly all the way through the top-30 racers. Both the Nos. 1 and 4 seeds bumped Klindic down, sitting him in third place to finish the day with a total time of 1:52.09.
The rookie helped Castleton to a fourth-place finish as a team, with a total time of 5:54.27. Rocky Mountain College claimed the top spot in the 20-team field with a time of 5:35.57, while Sierra Nevada College finished second at 5:38.18. Clarkson rounded out the top three with a time of 5:48.99.
Erik Brobacke was in second place overall after the day's first run out of the 102-racer field, posting a time of 53.25 seconds in the morning run. He was on pace to finish with a strong second run, but stumbled at the end of the course to finish with a combined time of 2:03.95 in 36th place. Matt Couture finished with runs of 57.99 seconds and 1:00.24 for a combined time of 1:58.23 in 25th place. Couture moved up nine places from his initial standing after posting the 22nd-fastest second run of the day.
Paul Klosterman finished in 37th place with a total time of 2:04.56, finishing his runs with times of 1:01.41 and 1:03.15. Klosterman gained 13 places on the leaderboard after his second run, which was the 35th-best second run of the afternoon. Cameron Heald failed to finish his first run for Castleton.
The Spartans return to the slopes for the giant slalom on Friday at Mount Bachelor.