WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. - The Plymouth State University men's ski team captured the top four places among the 77 skiers Saturday to capture the team title in the slalom at the PSU Winter Carnival at Waterville Valley.
The Panther men also had four others finish in the top 15 for a dominating performance, winning for the third time this season and the second straight slalom race. The PSU women's team also had a strong day with a second-place finish among 10 schools, placing two individuals in the top five among the 70 racers and one more in the top 15. It was PSU's fourth straight runner-up performance.
Two PSU juniors and two freshmen took up the top four places in the men's race -- juniors Peter Ostroski (Intervale, N.H./Kennett) and Travis Nevins (Henniker, N.H./John Stark) were first and third and freshmen Chris Beadon (Ridgefield, Conn.) and Parker Spear (Sodus Point, N.Y.) were second and fourth. The other four Panthers in the top 15 were senior Chris Carlucci (Mahopac, N.Y.) in eighth, sophomores Tom Sampson (Plymouth, N.H.) and Eric Chandonnet (Northfield, N.H.) in 12th and 13th, and junior Austin Nevins (Henniker, N.H./John Stark) in 15th.
Senior Alyssa Deane (Casper, Wyoming) and sophomore Kait Pawlak (No. Windham, Vt.) paced the Panther women with fourth and fifth place finishes. Senior Alex Albrecht (Canterbury, N.H.) was the next finisher for PSU, coming in 12th. Freshman Martina Ryberg (Stockholm, Sweden), who had three victories and a third place in her first four collegiate races, stumbled and did not finish.
Plymouth State won the men's team standings with Boston College second, Babson College third, Colby-Sawyer College fourth and the University of Connecticut fifth among the nine schools. Boston College took top honors in the women's race, with PSU second, Colby-Sawyer third, Brown University fourth, and University of Massachusetts fifth among 10 teams.
The Plymouth State Carnival continues on Sunday with the same teams competing in a giant slalom race.
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