BEND, Ore. – The Castleton men's alpine skiing team claimed a third-place finish in the giant slalom at the USCSA National Championships in Bend, Ore., on Friday, the best finish in the event in program history.
The Spartans placed three racers in the top 30 out of more than 100 racers, led by Erik Brobacke in seventh place. Brobacke, Jan Klindic and Matt Couture helped Castleton to a team time of 6:56.13, narrowly edging out Clarkson (6:57.66) for third place in the giant slalom. Rocky Mountain College claimed the top spot, with a team time of 6:41.74, while Sierra Nevada College was second at 6:44.62.
Brobacke opened the day with a time of 1:07.06, sitting him sixth overall after the first run of the day. He then posted a time of 1:09.88 in the second run to give him a combined time of 2:16.94, good for seventh overall. Klindic followed up a first-run time of 1:08.89 with a time of 1:09.05. His second run was the eighth-fastest time of the day, moving him up five spots into 11th place overall with a combined time of 2:17.94. Couture rounded out the Spartans' scorers with a combined time of 2:21.25 in 29th place. Couture was 32nd after the day's initial runs, but he moved up three spots with a second run that was 24th fastest on the day.
Paul Klosterman also finished two runs for the Spartans, clocking in with a total time of 2:26.81 after runs of 1:12.00 and 1:14.81. Erick Robicsek competed for Castleton, but failed to finish his first run.
The Spartans await the announcement of the final combined team and All-America results, which will be announced on Saturday evening following a banquet.