NORTH CONWAY, N.H. - The Plymouth State University men's ski team was just as dominant in the first slalom race of the season Saturday at Cranmore Mountain as it has been in the three giant slalom races this winter.
The Panthers had six of the top 10 finishers Saturday to easily win the title among the nine teams at the MacConnell Division race. The Panther women also posted one of their best races of the season, finishing fourth among 10 schools.
Seniors Jason Hey (Northboro, Mass.) and Vinnie DiNapoli (Ludlow, Vt.) were the top finishers for the Panthers, placing 1-2 among the 79 racers. Freshman Peter Ostroski (Intervale, N.H./Kennett) was right behind in fourth, while freshmen Travis Nevins (Henniker, N.H.) and Chris Roche (Hingham, Mass.) and junior Seth Bartlett (Silver Lake, N.H.) were sixth, seventh and 10th, respectively.
The Panther men were more than nine seconds ahead of runner-up University of Massachusetts. Boston College was third, followed by Babson College, Colby-Sawyer College, Saint Anselm College, MIT, University of Connecticut and Brown University.
Senior Melissa Caflisch (Clymer, N.Y.) turned in her best performance of the season so far with a third place finish in the women's slalom. Freshman Alex Albrecht (Canterebury, N.H.) was the next Panther finisher in 16th, followed by freshman Erin Fletcher (Franconia, N.H.) and junior Katie Van Riper (Temple, Maine) in 20th and 21st, respectively.
Boston College took the women's team standings for the second straight day. Colby-Sawyer edged UMass for second place, followed by PSU, Brown, Smith College, Babson, Saint Anselm, MIT, and UConn.
The teams will compete next weekend at the PSU Winter Carnival at Waterville Valley, with the slalom on Saturday and the giant slalom on Sunday.
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