BEND, Ore. – The Castleton men's alpine skiing team claimed its sixth-straight top-10 finish at the USCSA National Championships this week at Mount Bachelor in Bend, Ore., finishing third overall as a team in the combined standings.
Castleton won a tiebreak with Clarkson to finish in sole possesion of third place after placing fourth in the slalom and third in the giant slalom. Rocky Mountain College took first place on both days to take the top spot in the combined standings, while Sierra Nevada finished second in the combined standings with two second-place finishes.
Jan Klindic led the way all week long, claiming All-America honors in the slalom, giant slalom and combined results. Klindic is the first-ever three-time All-America winner at a single National Championship for the Spartans. He placed third overall in the slalom on Wednesday, before placing 11th in the giant slalom on Friday. The two finishes put him fourth overall in the combined standings to claim the combined All-America honors. Klindic finished the week with 69.94 race points, sitting him comfortably ahead of the fifth-place finisher.
Erik Brobacke also had a strong showing for Castleton in his first National Championship appearance, placing seventh in the giant slalom to take home All-America honors of his own. Brobacke had 140.79 race points on the week to finish 21st overall in the combined standings, just behind teammate Matt Couture, who finished 20th with 135.20 race points. Paul Klosterman rounded out Castleton's racers with 218.50 race points in 28th place in the combined standings.
The combined third-place finish is tied for the best finish in program history, as the men also finished third overall in the combined standings in 2014 after third- and sixth-place finishes in the slalom and giant slalom, respectively. This also marks the first time since 2015 the Castleton has had more than one skier claim All-America honors at the National Championships.