PSC Men finish as overall national runner-up

BOISE, Idaho - Plymouth State College's skiers wrapped up the competition at the national championships Saturday with a strong runner-up finish in the men's slalom event, also giving the Panthers second place in the combined men's team alpine results.

The Panthers have finished second at the national championships in the overall alpine three times in the last four years. The event was the U.S. Collegiate Snowsport Association National Championships at Bogus Basin Ski Area.

Defending champion Sierra Nevada College had the top two individuals in Saturday's slalom, and captured the team title, which included 16 teams. Plymouth State captured second place and Green Mountain College finished third.

PSC had two of the top five finishers in Saturday's slalom. Junior Tim Mitchell (Ashland, Mass.) brought home third place and senior Fred DeBaets (St. Sauveur, QUE) finished fifth. Both had also earned All-America honors (given to the top 15 finishers in each event) in the GS on Thursday, Mitchell finishing sixth and DeBaets 14th. The two Panther skiers shared the individual combined championship at the Eastern Regionals last month.

The rest of the PSC contingent had strong showings in the race, which included 85 racers. Sophomore Justin Parent (Sanbornville, N.H.) placed 17th, junior EJ Cheney (Bethel, Maine) was 23rd, and senior Jake Manseau (Henniker, N.H.) was 31st.

The PSC women's team finished third in the combined alpine team standings. Both PSC teams, which are coached by 14-year veteran Kim Bownes, qualified for the national championships by winning the Eastern Regional titles at Waterville Valley on Feb. 25-26.