WILMINGTON, N.Y. – After finishing second in their two previous giant slalom competitions, the Castleton University women's alpine ski team reached the top of the podium during International Ski Federation-University racing at Whiteface Mountain on Saturday afternoon. Along with its first-place finish in the slalom at Pat's Peak on Jan. 20, Castleton has a couple of top finishes so far this season.
Led individually by Linn Ljungemo, the Spartans saw four skiers complete the pair of races inside the top 10. Finishing third, Ljungemo clocked a combined time of 2:10.25, which was 16-hundredths of a second behind second place. The Kopparbergs Laen, Sweden native has placed in all three – Okemo, Ragged and Whiteface Mountain – giant slalom events this season.
Just outside the money, Kylie Mackie was Castleton's second scorer. She finished only 29-hundredths of a second behind Ljungemo with a combined split of 2:10.54. Completing Castleton's scoring line, Kirsten Kruk clocked a 2:12.97 and sixth place overall.
Team-wise, Castleton earned the top spot on the podium with a combined time of 6:33.8 (393.76 seconds). It was more than eight seconds ahead of the University of Connecticut in second. Meanwhile, Babson College, St. Anselm College and Clarkson University completed the top 5.
Women's alpine returns to Whiteface Mountain on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. as they compete in the second day of FISU giant slalom action.
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