WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. - The Plymouth State University men's ski team captured its fifth straight victory Saturday at Waterville Valley, finishing first among nine teams in the slalom portion of the PSU Winter Carnival, while the Panther women posted their top finish of the season with a third-place among 10 schools.
The Panther men have won all five races this season, three giant slaloms and two slaloms. Saturday's win was powered by the 1-2 finish by senior Jason Hey (Northboro, Mass.) and freshman Peter Ostroski (Intervale, N.H./Kennett). It was Hey's second straight win in the slalom as he outraced a field of 83 skiers, while Ostroski has placed in the top five in all five races this winter.
Also finishing strong for the Panther men were freshman Chris Roche (Hingham, Mass.) in fifth and junior Seth Bartlett (Silver Lake, N.H.) in ninth, both season-best finishes. The Panthers overcame an illness, a fall and three disqualifications by five of its top skiers.
Senior Melissa Caflisch (Clymer, N.Y.) continued her strong campaign for the Panthers with a season-best second place finish among the 82 women's racers, coming in less than a second behind the winner for the combined time for the two runs. Freshman Erin Fletcher (Franconia, N.H.) registered a season-best eighth place finish, and sophomore Alyssa Deane (Casper, Wyo.) and junior Katie Van Riper (Temple, Maine) were 17th and 19th, respectively.
PSU finished ahead of runner-up Boston College and third-place University of Massachusetts in the men's team standings, with Colby-Sawyer College, Babson College, MIT, Saint Anselm College, University of Connecticut and Brown University rounding out the scores. Colby-Sawyer finished just ahead of UMass for the women's title, with PSU third, followed by Brown, BC, Smith College, MIT, Saint Anselm, Babson and UConn.
The teams will compete again Sunday at Waterville Valley in the giant slalom part of the PSU Winter Carnival.
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