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February 9, 2008

1-2-3 finish leads PSU Men’s Skiers at Ascutney

            ASCUTNEY, Vt. - Plymouth State University men's skiers finished first, second and third in the field of 82 racers Saturday afternoon, leading the Panthers to the men's team victory among 10 schools in a slalom race at the Boston College Winter Carnival, held at Ascutney Mountain.

            Seniors Jason Hey (Northboro, Mass.) and Vinnie DiNapoli (Ludlow, Vt.) took the top two spots and freshman Peter Ostroski (Intervale, N.H./Kennett) was right behind in third place for PSU in the men's race.  Hey has captured first place in all four slalom races this season.  DiNapoli posted his fifth top-three finish in nine alpine races this winter, and Ostroski has finished in the top five in all nine alpine events.  Freshman Chris Roche (Hingham, Mass.) also had a strong race for the Panthers, placing sixth overall.

            Senior Melissa Caflisch (Clymer, N.Y.) matched her best performance of the season for PSU in the women's race, finishing runner-up among the 81 racers.  She has placed in the top four in all four slalom races this winter, and has been in the top 10 in three of the five giant slalom races.  The next finisher for the Panthers was senior Kara Marvelli (Franconia, N.H.) in 26th place as PSU placed sixth among 10 schools in the women's standings.

            The Panther men continued their perfect season, winning for the ninth time in as many outings.  The top five PSU skiers' combined time was more than 15 seconds ahead of runner-up Boston College.  The University of Massachusetts was third, followed by Babson College, MIT, Colby-Sawyer College, University of Connecticut, Brown University and Saint Anselm College.

            PSU slipped to sixth place in the women's standings after finishing in the top four the last five races.  Colby-Sawyer won for the sixth time this winter, with Boston College second and Brown third.  The rest of the standings included UMass, Smith College, PSU, Babson, MIT, St. Anselm and UConn.

            The regular season concludes Sunday with another slalom race at Ascutney Mountain.  The top five teams in the MacConnell Division after Sunday's race advance to the Eastern Regional Championships at Waterville Valley on Feb. 23-24.  PSU has clinched first place in the men's standings, while the Panther women can finish no lower than fifth.

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