NORTH CONWAY, N.H. - The Plymouth State University men's ski team took top honors in the slalom race Saturday at the University of Connecticut Carnival at Cranmore Mountain, the second team victory of the season for the Panthers and fourth straight top-two finish. The Panther women also continued their strong season, finishing runner-up for the third straight race.
PSU edged Colby-Sawyer College to capture the men's race, with Boston College, the University of Massachusetts and Babson College taking up the next three slots in the nine-team field. Brown University, the MacConnell Division leader which had stumbled to a sixth-place finish Friday, rebounded to capture the women's race, while PSU finished second and Colby-Sawyer, BC and UMass rounded out the top five.
Freshman Martina Ryberg (Sweden) continued her terrific rookie season Saturday, taking first place (out of 66 skiers) for the third time in four races. Senior Alyssa Deane (Casper, Wyoming) posted a strong 12th-place finish, and three other Panthers placed in the top 25 as freshman Hilary Lemelin (Milan, N.H./Berlin/Gould Academy) was 19th and senior Alex Albrecht (Canterbury, N.H./Carrabasset Valley) and sophomore Katherine Goller (Williston, Vt.) were 22nd and 23rd, respectively.
Juniors Peter Ostroski (Intervale, N.H./Kennett) and Travis Nevins (Henniker, N.H./John Stark) led the Panther men, finishing in second and third place in the field of 74 skiers. Freshman Parker Spear (Sodus Point, N.Y./Sodus Central) placed ninth; his third top-10 finish of the season, and senior Chris Carlucci (Mahopac, N.Y.) was close behind in 11th. Other top 20 finishers for PSU included juniors Tyler Bailey (West Hurley, N.Y.) and Austin Nevins (Henniker, N.H./John Stark) in 15th and 16th, respectively.
The Panthers will serve as hosts of the Plymouth State Carnival next weekend at Waterville Valley, with the slalom on Saturday and the giant slalom on Sunday.
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