CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton men's alpine skiing team makes its 10th consecutive appearance at the USCSA National Championships starting on Wednesday, as the squad looks to continue its recent success on the national stage at Mount Bachelor in Bend, Ore.
The Spartans claimed a spot in the USCSA National Championships after taking second place in the Eastern Regionals at West Mountain in Queensbury, N.Y. Castleton captured a combined sixth-place finish at last year's USCSA National Championships, taking eighth place in the giant slalom and sixth place in the slalom. The Spartans race in the SL on Wednesday, before taking to the slopes for the GS on Friday. Castleton rounds out the week with the dual slalom on Saturday.
Jan Klindic has led the Spartans all season, racking up 10 top-15 finishes, including seven finishes in the top 10. The rookie was the Spartans' top finisher on five occasions, and finished second on the team three times. Erik Brobacke was a force for Castleton at the USCSA Eastern Regional Championships, finishing in the top five in both the giant slalom and slalom. The first-year Spartan posted a third-place finish on in the GS, before following it up with a fifth-place mark in the SL.
Matt Couture brings big-stage experience to the course, as he has garnered All-America honors on six occasions in his three previous National Championship appearances. The senior picked up five top-10 finishes this season, including one in the SL at the USCSA Eastern Regional Championships. Couture was steady for the Spartans all year, failing to finish just two races and finishing inside the top 25 racers in each USCSA race he completed. He placed 44th out of all NCAA racers in the field at the recent NCAA Eastern Championships at Sunday River, the only Spartan to finish the course.
Paul Klosterman will compete in both the slalom and giant slalom, while Erick Robicsek will race for the Spartans in the GS. Cameron Heald rounds out the Spartans SL squad. Klosterman registered a 17th-place finish in the slalom at the Eastern Regionals, while Robicsek finished 25th in the GS at the same competition.