QUEENSBURY, N.Y. – Separated by 22-hundredths-of-a-second from the top spot, Li Aunes placed second to power the Castleton University women's alpine ski team's top of the podium result in the slalom during the first day of United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association Eastern Regional action at West Mountain.
Following a dominant regular season where Castleton won eight of the 10 possible races, the Spartans continued the trend on Saturday with its ninth victory of the 2018 campaign. Claiming the top spot by more than seven seconds, Castleton raced to a combined time of 334.10 seconds (5:34.10). The University of Connecticut recorded a time of 341.47 seconds (5:41.47) and Babson College tallied a 348.97-second finish (5:48.47) to place second and third, respectively.
Recently named Eastern Collegiate Ski Conference MacConnell Division Rookie of the Year, Aunes completed her two runs with a time of 1:47.59. Following her up, Kylie Mackie continued to impress with her fourth bronze finish – 1:51.87 – of the season. The sophomore also made it 10-of-11 races this season that she has finished fourth or better.
Placing fifth, Linn Ljungemo completed Castleton's scoring racers with a 1:54.64. She entered today's race after ranking in a tie for second on the All-MacConnell Division team. Meanwhile, Kirsten Kruk finished just outside of the top 10 with a time of 1:57.43.
Women's alpine skiing returns to action at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday for day two of the USCSA Eastern Regionals with giant slalom to take place.
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