Skiers solid in nationals debut

The Spartan men’s ski team placed eighth overall at the USCSA National Championships on Sunday River Mountain, ME, last weekend.The Spartans competed against the top 19 teams in the nation, placing ninth in the slalom and eighth in the giant slalom.

Head coach Chris Eder was happy with the way his men chose to ski.

“The guys skied well as a team. They sacrificed their individual results to make sure that the Spartans had a good team result.”

William Colt, a freshman, was Castleton’s top skier, placing 21st overall.

In the slalom race, Colt raced to a sixth place finish, while Charles Robbins, a sophomore, placed 29th.

In the giant slalom race, Justin Schwartz, a junior, placed 20th, and Gregory Towle placed 46th.

Both Colt and Schwartz were awarded All-American honors, an award given to the top 20 finishes.

“It’s pretty amazing to be ranked in the top 10 in results with two All-American skiers,” said Eder. “I am pretty proud of them.”

Eder couldn’t be more pleased with the way his program is looking, only five years into its existence.

“I am definitely excited about our team, especially since this is only our fifth season. Some programs have been out there for 30 years and still haven’t made it to where we have.

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