HENNIKER, N.H. – Placing four individually inside the top 10, the Castleton University women's alpine ski team claimed the top spot, beating out nine other teams in the slalom at Pat's Peak.
The Spartans cruised to victory on the mountain on Saturday afternoon notching a combined time of 4:48.83, which was well over 10 seconds faster than the second-place UConn squad. Castleton was the only team to see four individual skiers finish inside the top 10.
Remaining consistent throughout, Li Aunes placed first for the Spartans and second overall. The Bromma, Sweden native clocked the second-best time on both of her runs (47.99 and 46.23) to put Castleton in a good position from the start.
Directly behind Aunes, Linn Ljungemo finished the course with a 48.02 split, before returning, later on, to improve by more than a half-second (47.32). She completed the day with a 1:35.34 combined time to grab the metaphorical bronze.
Rounding up the scorers for the Spartans was Kirsten Kruk, who nearly made it three-straight Castleton athletes in the final standings. The junior notched fifth overall with a near two-second improvement during her later run. Recording times of 50.49 and 48.78, she placed eighth and sixth, respectively.
Meanwhile, Ellie Frischmon claimed 10th place with a remarkable four-second improvement from her first run. The Center City, Minnesota native clocked a 52.91 (16th) split before returning to race a 48.89 (8th) later in the afternoon.
Women's alpine skiing heads to Ragged Mountain in Danbury, N.H. next for a giant slalom event. It is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m.
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