National Champions! Paluszek & Men's Nordic Win Freestyle Sprint

National Champions! Paluszek & Men's Nordic Win Freestyle Sprint

WILSON, Wyo. -- Adding to a historical season and an already impressive United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association National Championships performance, the Castleton University men's nordic ski team earned the title in the freestyle sprint on Wednesday afternoon at the Trail Creek Nordic Center.

Pacing the Spartans, John Paluszek earned the individual national title with the top spot in both the qualifying rounds and in the final results. Leading the pack in the opener, Paluszek dropped in a 2:34.2 split to put himself four seconds ahead of the next-best time. In the final round, Paluszek - once again - posted the top time to claim the championship.

Following their teammate, Andrew Doherty and Devin Perry were the next two Spartans across the line in 11th and 16th in the qualifying rounds, respectively. In the final round, Doherty turned it on to move all the way into the top 5 with a fourth-place finish. Remaining strong and steady, Perry finished in 16th in the final results.

As a team, Castleton captured its second national championship in as many days with 21 team points. Without such a title in program history before Tuesday, the Spartans have now run the total to two with two days of competition remaining. Tying for second, Clarkson University (earned tiebreaker) and Colorado Mesa University scored 29 points with St. Olaf College (35 pts), University of Wyoming (39) and Western State Colorado University (50) followed.

David Harvey, Alexander Williams and Jared Wheeler also competed for Castleton in both the qualifying and final rounds, producing solid results.

Men's nordic skiing with have a day off on Thursday and return for the 15-kilometer freestyle at 10 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time.

 

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