JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. – The Castleton University men's alpine ski team placed fourth in the giant slalom on Wednesday at the 2019 United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association National Championships at Snow King Mountain Resort.
The Spartans collected a team time of 5:52.4, narrowly missing out on the podium as they finished just three seconds behind the University of Connecticut at 5:49.1. Rocky Mountain College claimed the GS national title with a time of 5:38.9, followed in second place by Sierra Nevada College at 5:42.4.
Cameron Heald was Castleton's top finisher on the day, clocking in with a two-run time of 1:57.4 to place 14th overall after posting the eighth-best second run to move him up 10 spots on the leaderboard. Logan Mackie finished right on his heels in 15th place with a time of 1:57.4, laying down the 10th-best second run of the day to move up six spots from his first run. Both Heald and Mackie earned All-America status for finishing in the top 15.
Jan Klindic narrowly missed out on All-America accolades for Castleton, clocking in at 1:57.6 to finish 17th overall for the Spartans. Anton Smith finished 30th on the day with a time of 2:01.8, while Paul Rechberger was one of 38 racers in the 117-man field to record a DNF next to their name. Rechberger was in fourth place after the first run, but went off-course in the final portion of his second run of the day.
Rocky Mountain College claimed the top-two individual finishers on the day as Andraz Reich Pogladic topped the podium with a time of 1:52.4, followed by Esten Riise Falksete at 1:52.7. Adrian Rhomberg of Sierra Nevada College rounded out the podium with a time of 1:52.9.
The Spartans return to the slopes on Friday for the slalom at Snow King Mountain Resort at the USCSA National Championships.