BEND, Ore. – The Castleton women's alpine team picked up a sixth-place finish on Tuesday in the slalom at the USCSA National Championships at Mount Bachelor in Bend, Ore.
Linn Ljungemo and Kirsten Kruk each finished in the top 20 at the event, helping Castleton to a team time of 6:57.58. The Spartans' total time put them less than four seconds behind fifth-place Babson (6:53.73), and more than three seconds ahead of seventh-place University of Connecticut (7:00.72). Rocky Mountain College was the top team at the event, posting a time of 6:35.06.
Ljungemo opened the day with the fifth-fastest first run, but fell to 13th place overall following her second run with a total time of 2:15.53. Kruk clocked in with a time of 2:16.67, climbing six spots on the leaderboard after posting one of the best second runs of the day out of the 107-racer field. Megan O'Shea rounded out the scorers for Castleton, finishing at 2:25.38, moving up three places to 33rd overall following her second run.
Kylie Mackie checked in with a time of 2:26.43 to finish in 34th place just behind Kruk, while Caitlin Houston rounded out Castleton's competitors with a time of 2:38.03. Houston moved up nine spots following her second run of the day.
Rocky Mountain College's Frida Svedberg finished atop the leaderboard, crossing at 2:09.42. Sierra Nevada College's Saana Ahonen was second overall, at 2:09.43, while St. Olaf College's Gabby Gencheff was third on the day with a time of 2:10.21.
The Spartans return to the slopes on Thursday for the giant slalom at Mount Bachelor.