CASTLETON-The Castleton State College men's ski team completed the 2011 USCSA National Championships at Sun Valley, Idaho in 11th place overall out of the top-20 USCSA teams in the country. Rocky Mountain College won the team title with 4 points, while Plymouth State University finished second with 6 points. Sierra Nevada College placed third with 6.5 points.
The Spartans were led by Robert Burke (Goshen, N.Y.), who placed 22nd overall. Burke placed 36th in the giant slalom and 29th in the slalom. Bobby Jones (Pittsfield, Mass.) finished the week ranked 29th out of 113 of the top USCSA racers in the country. Jones finished the giant slalom in 54th place, while placing 35th in the slalom.
Freshman Reed Drechsel (Carrabassett Valley, Maine) was poised to place high in the overall standings, but an injury the day prior to the slalom event limited him to only competing in the giant slalom. Drechsel's 34th place result in the giant slalom and no result in the slalom placed him 57th overall for the championships.
Rocky Mountain College's Olle Friberg captured the overall title, while Mike Bisnaire of the University of British Columbia placed second. Christopher Beadon of Plymouth State University placed third overall.
Castleton's 11th place result in the 2011 USCSA National Championships is their third-best result in the four years the team as qualified for the event. The Spartans best result came in 2008 when they placed eighth. The Spartans also competed in the event in 2009 and placed tenth. This year's result is an improvement from last season's 14th place finish.
Men's Team Results
1st - Rocky Mountain College (Montana) 4 points
2nd - Plymouth State University (N.H.) 6
3rd - Sierra Nevada College (Nevada) 6.5
4th - St. Olaf College (Minnesota) 7
5th - University of British Columbia (B.C. Canada) 7.5