WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. - All five of Plymouth State University's men's ski racers finished in the top 10 Saturday afternoon at Waterville Valley as the Panthers captured the Eastern Collegiate Ski Conference men's team slalom title.
The Panther women were not as fortunate as they finished in sixth place, but freshman Martina Ryberg (Stockholm, Sweden), right, was terrific and captured the women's individual slalom championship.
The PSU men finished nearly two seconds ahead of runner-up Colby-Sawyer College and third-place University of Massachusetts, both regular season rivals for PSU. Boston College took fourth place and Babson College fifth among the 12 competing schools. Each school had five racers, with the top three times from each counting toward the team score.
Junior Peter Ostroski (Intervale, N.H./Kennett) and freshman Chris Beadon (Ridgefield, Conn.) were the top Panther men's finishers, capturing second and third place among the 62 racers. Ostroski was in fourth place after the first run and Beadon was sixth, and Beadon had the fastest time on the second run with Ostroski right behind in second. Ostroski finished in the top eight for the 28th consecutive race, while Beadon finished in the top three for the seventh time in 11 races this year.
Junior Travis Nevins (Henniker, N.H./John Stark) and freshman Parker Spear (Sodus Point, N.Y.) were the next Panther finishers in sixth and seventh place, respectively, and senior Chris Carlucci (Mahopac, N.Y.) came in 10th. Nevins and Spear both placed in the top 10 for the seventh time in 11 starts this winter, while Carlucci posted his second-best finish of the season.
Boston College, UMass and Colby-Sawyer took the top three places in the women's team scoring, with Brown, Castleton State College and Plymouth State the next three spots among the 12 schools.
Ryberg enjoyed a superb day on the hill for the Panthers, winning both runs and finishing almost a full second ahead of runner-up Kristin Leggett of Castleton. It was her fourth slalom victory of her outstanding rookie season and fifth victory overall in 11 races.
The next two Panther women to place were seniors Alyssa Deane (Casper, Wyoming) and Alex Albrecht (Canterbury, N.H.) in 23rd and 25th, respectively, out of 67 racers. Sophomore Kait Pawlak (No. Windham, Vt.) was in ninth place after the first run but stumbled on the afternoon run and ended up 42nd and sophomore Katherine Goller (Williston, Vt.) finished 55th.
The championships continue on Sunday with the giant slalom races. The top five men's and women's teams in the combined alpine will advance to the US Collegiate Ski Association's national championships Mar. 3-6 at Sunday River in Newry, Maine.
-- 30 --