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PSU Men’s Skiers place 7th out of 19 in giant slalom at Nationals

McCALL, Idaho - Sophomore Topher Harlow (North Conway, N.H.) earned All-America honors in the giant slalom Thursday as Plymouth State University placed seventh among 19 teams in the men's giant slalom at the US Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association's National Championships at Brundage Mountain.

Harlow brought home 11th place overall among the 107 racers in the men's GS, earning All-America honors for the second straight season.  (The top 15 placers comprise the All-America Team.)  Harlow, who placed 15th in the GS at Nationals last year, was in the top five after one run on Thursday but slipped to 11th after his second run.

PSU finished seventh in the team standings.  Defending champion Sierra Nevada College took top honors, while PSU's rival Colby-Sawyer finished runner-up, duplicating the feat of the Charger women the previous day.  Other Eastern schools among the top teams included UMass in fourth place and Boston College in sixth.

After Harlow, PSU's next finishers were seniors Chad Demetry (Francestown, N.H.) and Tyler Barlow (South Burlington, Vt.) in 23rd and 26th place, respectively.  Junior Skip Bartlett (Silver Lake, N.H.) fell and did not finish his first run, and classmate Matt Prendergast (Westminster, Mass.) suffered the same fate on his second run.

The women's slalom is slated for Friday, with the competition concluding on Saturday with the men's slalom.

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