NORTH CONWAY, N.H. - Plymouth State University's men's and women's alpine ski teams both finished runner-up in the first slalom race of the year Friday, taking second place at the UConn Carnival at Cranmore Mountain.
The Panthers finished second behind Colby-Sawyer College in both the men's and women's team standings. Boston College, the University of Massachusetts and Babson College took up the next three slots in the nine-team men's field, while Smith College, BC and UMass finished 3-5 among the 10 schools in the women's race.
Freshman Martina Ryberg (Sweden) led the way for the Panthers, taking first place among the 66 skiers in the women's race. She had placed first and third in two giant slalom races in her collegiate debut last weekend. Three other Panther women finished in the top 20 Friday, as seniors Alyssa Deane (Casper, Wyoming) and Alex Albrecht (Canterbury, N.H./Carrabasset Valley) finished eighth and 11th, respectively, and freshman Hilary Lemelin (Milan, N.H./Berlin/Gould Academy) was 20th.
The Panther men had three skiers place in the top six out of a field of 75 racers. Junior Travis Nevins (Henniker, N.H./John Stark) was the first Panther to score with a third place finish, while classmate Peter Ostroski (Intervale, N.H./Kennett) came in fifth and freshman Chris Beadon (Ridgefield, Conn.) was sixth. The next four Panthers all placed between 14th and 18th -- senior Chris Carlucci (Mahopac, N.Y.) in 14th, junior Tyler Bailey (West Hurley, N.Y.) in 16th, sophomore Eric Chandonnet (Northfield, N.H.) in 17th, and junior Joseph Healey (Fitchburg, Mass.) in 18th.
The same teams will compete in another slalom race on Saturday at Cranmore, with each skier taking two runs. The team scores are based on the combined times of the two runs, with a specified number of racers from each school counting in the scoring.
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