CHITTENDEN, Vt. – The Castleton University men's Nordic ski team welcomed several area schools to the Mountain Top Nordic Ski Center for the Castleton Invitational, and the Spartans proved to be competitive hosts, ending the first day in third place in the team standings.
In the nine-kilometer freestyle competition, Devin Perry finished the day tied for the second-fastest time of 23:24, just 50 seconds behind event winner Charlie Maitland of Clarkson. David Harvey, Perry's teammate in high school and now at Castleton, finished in fifth place with a time of 24:32.
Thomas Rizza finished 40th in the individual standings after posting a time of 31:51. Keegan Cummings finished in 49th place with a mark of 37:08, just ahead of Peter Michelsen in 50th place with a time of 38:20.
Castleton completed day one of the competition with 24 points, currently in third place behind leader Clarkson with 13 points and Vermont with 18 points. After the Spartans, Cornell is fourth with 37 points, followed by Dartmouth with 49 points, Army West Point with 58 points, and Paul Smith's College with 61 points.
The second and final day of the Castleton Invitational on Sunday, Jan. 22, will consist of the seven-kilometer classical race, with the men's competition scheduled to begin at 10:15 a.m.