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January 14, 2011

PSU Men’s Skiers win slalom at Cranmore; Women fourth

Ostroski and Ryberg are individual winners for Panthers

            NORTH CONWAY, N.H. – The Plymouth State University men’s ski team had the top three finishers and captured first place in the team standings Friday on the first day of the University of Connecticut Carnival at Cranmore Mountain.  The Panther women also had the top individual but finished fourth in the team scoring.

   Peter Ostroski Martina Ryberg
  Ostroski Ryberg
 

            Leading the way for the Panthers were senior Peter Ostroski (Intervale, N.H./Kennett) and sophomore Martina Ryberg (Stockholm, Sweden).  Ostroski was the fastest men’s racer among the 83 competitors, capturing his fifth career individual title and third slalom crown.  Ryberg cruised to victory over 83 other entrants in the women’s race, earning her third straight victory this season and the ninth of her career.

            Joining Ostroski in the top three for the Panther men were sophomore Chris Beadon (Ridgefield, Conn.) and senior Travis Nevins (Henniker, N.H.).  Beadon placed second in the men’s event for the third straight race, and Nevins matched the second-best performance of his career with a third place.  Senior Tyler Bailey (West Hurley, N.Y.) and junior Tom Sampson (Plymouth, N.H.) also had strong performances for the Panthers, finishing 12th and 13th, respectively.

            Juniors Kait Pawlak (North Windham, Vt. Union) and Katherine Goller (Williston, Vt.) were strong racers for the Panther women, finishing 12th and 14th, respectively.  The next Panther finish to cross the line was Leigh Anne Connors (Lake Placid, N.Y.) in 28th.

            The Panther men captured first for the third straight race, finishing more than nine seconds ahead of runner-up Boston College and 10 seconds faster than third-place Colby-Sawyer College.  The PSU women, who took first in the two giant slalom races last week, placed fourth Friday behind Boston College, Brown University and Colby-Sawyer.

            The MacConnell Division circuit will be back on Cranmore Mountain Saturday for another slalom race on Day Two of the UConn Carnival. 

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