BEND, Ore. – In snowy conditions, the Castleton University men's Nordic ski team completed the first day of the 2017 United States Collegiate Ski & Snowboard Association (USCSA) National Championships by finishing in eighth place after Tuesday's 7.5-kilometer classic event at the Mt. Bachelor Nordic Center.
Keegan Cummings cut over a minute off his time in this event from last year's national championships, finishing in 41st place with a time of 36:20.7. Thomas Rizza finished in 45th place with a mark of 40:32.3.
Castleton finds itself in eighth place after the first event with 85 points, just four points behind Cornell and 23 points in front of the University of Michigan. Wyoming leads the team standings with eight points, ahead of Western State Colorado University in second place with 15 points.
The USCSA National Championships continue Wednesday, March 8, with the freestyle sprint qualifier at 10 a.m. Pacific time and the sprint heats at 12 noon local time.