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Day two of alpine racing at the USCSA National Championships featured two runs of men’s giant slalom down the Draper Drop trail at Whiteface. Showing incredible teamwork, Clarkson University won the team national championship title by a 0.08 seconds over runner-up Sierra Nevada College, the first-ever GS title for the Knights.

“I couldn’t be more proud of this team and their performance today,” said Clarkson University Head Coach Justin Sperry. “Their hard work in a supportive and competitive team environment allowed them to push each other all year. A focus on skiing over results and support for their teammates allowed them to execute today. Thank you to USCSA and NYSEF for putting on a great race, and to all of our supporters, alumni, parents, and Clarkson University.”

However, a Clarkson student did not walk away with the individual title. Andraz Reich Pogladic with Rocky Mountain College bested the rest of the field by more than two seconds to become the USCSA National Champion in men’s giant slalom.

“It’s been so exciting to watch all these athletes from across the country participate in our championships. Watching the camaraderie among teammates has been absolutely phenomenal,” said Chris Shumenko, USCSA executive vice president. “Despite a few challenges with weather, everything has been running smoothly, thanks to our awesome volunteers, athletes, coaches, and parents who are dedicating their time to make this the pinnacle event in collegiate snow sports. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the week brings as we prepare to crown our national champions!”

Compete results are available here.

Release courtesy of USCSA

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