WILMINGTON, N.Y. – Skiing to the best national result in program history, the Castleton University women's alpine ski team recorded a runner-up finish in the slalom at the 2018 United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association National Championship on Thursday.
Placing its three scoring racers in the top 10, Castleton combined for a 5:28.28 team time. With a 5:21.76 total time, Rocky Mountain College was the only team ahead of Castleton and claimed the top spot. Meanwhile, Sierra Nevada College claimed the final spot on the podium about one second behind the Spartans.
After placing 20th during the giant slalom earlier in the championship, Li Aunes put together a remarkable performance on Thursday. The freshman tallied the fourth-best performance, finishing just off the podium but leading Castleton with her 1:47.00 time. Aunes collected her first USCSA All-America honor by placing in the top 15.
Collecting their second All-America recognition of the championships each, Kylie Mackie (1:50.52) and Linn Ljungemo (1:50.76) placed ninth and 10th, respectively. The teammates were separated by 24-hundredths-of-a-second and are on pace to record the second and third three-time All-America performances in program history. Prior to Ljungemo accomplishing the feat in 2017, it had not been done.
Joining the long list of Castleton accomplishments, Kirsten Kruk placed 13th and earned All-America honors in 1:52.04. Ellie Frischmon rounded up the Spartan racers, placing 32nd out of more than 110 individuals.
Castleton returns to Whiteface Mountain at 10 a.m. on Saturday, switching from Draper's Drop to the Lower Valley where it will compete in the combined event as the national championships conclude.
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