ANDOVER, N.H. - A pair of freshmen took top honors but it was a strong team performance that led to the Plymouth State University men's and women's ski teams to sweeping the team standings in a MacConnell Division slalom race at Blackwater Ski Area.
The Panther men captured first place among nine schools, posting its fifth straight team victory and sixth in eight races this season. Six PSU men placed in the top 14 among the 74 skiers. The Panther women, who had posted six consecutive runner-up team finishes this year, took first place for the first time with their top three skiers all finishing in the top seven among the 63 competitors.
Plymouth State finished nearly six seconds ahead of runner-up Colby-Sawyer to win the men's team standings, with Boston College third, Babson College fourth and the University of Massachusetts Amherst in fifth. PSU was more than two seconds ahead of Colby-Sawyer in the women's race standings, with Boston College, Brown University and UMass rounding out the top five.
Freshman Martina Ryberg (Stockholm, Sweden) (right) turned in the top PSU performance on the day, posting the winning time in the women's race for her fourth individual victory in eight races this season. Following close behind in sixth and seventh place, respectively, were sophomore Kait Pawlak (No. Windham, Vt.) and senior Alyssa Deane (Casper, Wyoming). Pawlak has finished in the top six in three of her four races this season and Deane has been a top-10 finisher in six out of eight.
Freshman Chris Beadon (Ridgefield, Conn.) continued his terrific rookie campaign, leading the Panther men with a runner-up finish for the second day in a row. Beadon (left) has five top-two finishes in eight races this season. Junior Peter Ostroski (Intervale, N.H.) was right behind in third place, continuing his amazing streak of top-eight finishes to 25 in a row, dating back to 2008. Juniors Travis Nevins (Henniker, N.H./John Stark) and Willie Colt (Hanover, N.H.) were seventh and eighth, respectively, and senior Chris Carlucci (Mahopac, N.Y.) and junior Austin Nevins (Henniker, N.H./John Stark) were 12th and 14th, respectively.
The MacConnell Division regular season circuit concludes next weekend with races at Wildcat Mountain in Jackson, N.H.
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