SUNAPEE, N.H. - A pair of Plymouth State University freshmen took top honors in the men's and women's giant slalom races Friday afternoon at Mount Sunapee, leading the Panthers to first and sixth-place finishes in the team standings at the Colby-Sawyer College Winter Carnival, the opening ski race of the season.
Freshman Martina Ryberg (Sweden) posted the top time in two runs combined among the 70 women's racers, winning by just over a half second in her collegiate debut, while classmate Chris Beadon (Ridgefield, Conn.) paced the 71 racers in the men's field, winning by just .12 of a second. Beadon was one of five Panthers to finish in the top 15 as PSU won the men's team title among nine schools. Ryberg was the only Panther woman to place in the top 20 and PSU finished sixth out of 10 schools in the women's standings.
Freshman Parker Spear (Sodus Point, N.Y./Sodus Central) and junior Peter Ostroski (Intervale, N.H./Kennett) were also top 10 finishers for the Plymouth State men, Spear placing fourth in his collegiate debut and Ostroski, the defending conference and regional champion, taking seventh. Juniors Travis Nevins (Henniker, N.H./John Stark) and Willie Colt (Hanover, N.H./Hanover) were 12th and 13th, respectively, and Tyler Bailey (West Hurley, N.Y.) wasn't far behind in 16th.
Senior Alex Albrecht (Canterbury, N.H./Carrabasset Valley) and freshman Hilary Lemelin (Milan, N.H./Berlin/Gould Academy) were the next finishers for PSU behind Ryberg, Albrecht coming in 24th place and Lemelin finishing 28th.
The Panther teams will compete in another giant slalom race Saturday at Sunapee.
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