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February 2, 2008

PSU Men’s Skiers dominate Slalom at Pat’s Peak with 1-2-3 finish

            HENNIKER, N.H. - The Plymouth State University men's ski team had the top three finishers and four of the top five on Saturday to win the slalom race at Pat's Peak, while the Panther women ended up in fourth place.

            The Panther men kept their perfect season going, as they have won all seven races this season (four giant slalom, three slalom) among the nine schools in the conference.  The PSU women continued to finish in the middle of the pack, taking fourth among 10 schools.

            Senior Jason Hey (Northboro, Mass.) and freshman Peter Ostroski (Intervale, N.H./Kennett) finished 1-2 for the Panthers among the 81men's racers, while freshmen twins Austin Nevins (Henniker, N.H.) and Travis Nevins (Henniker, N.H.) were third and fifth, respectively. It was Hey's third individual win of the season, Ostroski finished runner-up for the third straight race, and the Nevins brothers both posted their top finishes of the season. Freshman Chris Roche (Hingham, Mass.) also had a solid outing for PSU, coming in 16th.

            The Panther men easily finished ahead of runner-up Boston College, with the rest of the team standings including (in order of finish) University of Massachusetts, Colby-Sawyer College, Babson College, Saint Anselm College, MIT, University of Connecticut, and Brown University.

            Senior Melissa Caflisch (Clymer, N.Y.) was the top Panther finisher among the 84 skiers in the women's race.  She placed fourth overall, her third top-five finish of the season.  Freshman Alex Albrecht (Canterbury, N.H.) registered a season-best 14th place finish, and classmate Erin Fletcher (Franconia, N.H.) came in a solid 16th.

            Colby-Sawyer topped the field in the women's standings, with UMass second and Boston College third.  PSU was fourth, ahead of Brown, Smith College, Saint Anselm, Babson, MIT and UConn.

            The teams will race again on Sunday with a giant slalom event at Loon Mountain in Lincoln, N.H.

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