NORTH CONWAY, N.H. - The Plymouth State University ski teams posted strong finishes in the first slalom race of the season Friday at the University of Connecticut Winter Carnival, held at Mount Cranmore Ski Area.
The Panther men had five of the top 15 individual finishers among the 70 racers and took first place among nine schools, while the Panther women had three in the top 20 and placed third among 10 schools.
Sophomore Peter Ostroski (Intervale, N.H./Kennett) led the way for the Panthers, placing first overall in the men's race. It was his first career slalom victory. Sophomore Travis Nevins (Henniker, N.H.) was not far behind, coming in fifth place. The next three Panther finishers were senior Seth Bartlett (Silver Lake, N.H.) in 11th, freshmen Eric Chandonnet (Northfield, N.H.) in 14th, and freshman Tyler Bailey (West Hurley, N.Y.) in 16th.
Junior Alyssa Deane (Casper, Wyo.) led the Panther women with a fifth-place finish, and sophomore Erin Fletcher (Franconia, N.H.) came in shortly after in 11th place. Freshman Katherine Goller (Williston, Vt.) was next for the Panthers, finishing 20th.
PSU took first in the men's team standings, with Colby-Sawyer in second and Boston College third. The rest of the standings included (in order) UMass Amherst, Babson, Saint Anselm, MIT, UConn and Brown. Colby-Sawyer won the women's division, followed by Boston College, PSU, Brown, UMass, Saint Anselm, Smith College, Babson, UConn and MIT.
The MacConnell Division circuit will race in another slalom event on Saturday at Cranmore.
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