LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – The Castleton Nordic ski teams concluded the 2018 USCSA National Championships Saturday with the team freestyle sprint, held at Mt. Van Hoevenberg.
The women competed first, with the Spartans finishing in sixth place among qualifying teams. The trio of Emily Cromie, Kaylyn Crompton, and Megan Greene completed the event with a time of 43:05.0. For all three skiers, the first lap of three laps was their fastest, starting with Cromie in a time of 4:28.4, followed by Crompton in 4:36.5 and Greene in 4:26.1.
Next on the course was the men's competition, with Castleton finishing eighth out of 11 eligible teams. The combination of David Harvey, Jared Wheeler, and Devin Perry posted a time of 36:22.7. Like the women, all three men posted their best lap time on their first circuit, with Harvey completing the lap in 3:36.2, Wheeler in 4:21.9, and Perry in 3:39.0.
Castleton's other three male skiers competed in the mixed relay, as Thomas Rizza, Devin VanBockler, and Keegan Cummings combined for an overall time of 47:42.0. Again, the first lap was the fastest for all three competitors, as Rizza completed his opening lap in 4:29.6, followed by VanBockler in 5:00.5 and Cummings in 5:04.6.
As the championships concluded, both teams showed improvement from the previous season. The women finished in sixth place overall, one spot higher than in 2017. Greene moved up 11 spots from last year, ending the overall championships in a tie for sixth place. Crompton ended her first national competition in 22nd place, followed by Adrienne Toof in 23rd place, an improvement of 14 places, and Cromie in 24th place, the same spot she occupied after last year's event.
The Spartan men also moved up one spot in the final team standings from last year with a seventh place finish this time around. Perry moved up six spots from 2017 to end up in 13th place this season, while Harvey improved by 11 places to finish in 20th place. Wheeler completed the championships in 41st place, followed by Cummings in 44th place, VanBockler in 46th place, and Rizza in 48th place.
The Castleton University Nordic ski teams will look to continue their growth as they move into the 2018-19 campaign with experienced squads for both the men and the women.