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January 15, 2011

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

Ostroski, Ryberg finish runner-up to lead Panthers

            NORTH CONWAY, N.H. – The Plymouth State University men’s ski team kept its perfect season going Saturday on the second day of the University of Connecticut Carnival at Cranmore Mountain, capturing first place in the team standings for the fourth straight race.  The Panthers finished fourth in the women’s standings for the second straight race.

            The Panthers finished nearly three seconds faster than runner-up Colby-Sawyer College in the men’s team standings, with Boston College third and Babson a distant fourth among the nine schools.  Boston College was a strong winner of the women’s race, with Colby-Sawyer second, Brown University third, and PSU edging Saint Anselm College for the fourth place spot.

            Senior Peter Ostroski (Intervale, N.H./Kennett) and sophomore Martina Ryberg (Stockholm, Sweden) were again the top skiers for the Panthers.  Both finished runner-up in their respective slalom races Saturday after winning individual slalom titles on Friday.  There were 83 skiers from nine schools in the men’s race and 87 racers from 10 teams in the women’s.

            The top five Panther men all finished among the top 13 racers.  Ostroski was followed by sophomore Parker Spear (Sodus Point, N.Y.) in seventh, senior Travis Nevins (Henniker, N.H.) in eighth, senior Tyler Bailey (West Hurley, N.Y.) in 10th, and junior Tom Sampson (Plymouth, N.H.) in 13th.  Sophomore Chris Beadon (Ridgefield, Conn.), who finished runner-up in the first three races of the season, stumbled on his first run Saturday but was the third fastest on the second run to wind up 21st.

            Freshman Marley Pawlak (West Dover, Vt.) was the next Panther woman to cross the line after Ryberg, rebounding for a tough day Friday with a 12th place Saturday.  The next four Panthers all came right in a row in places 36-37-38-39:  junior Katherine Goller (Williston, Vt.), freshman Leigh Anne Connors (Lake Placid, N.Y.), junior Brittany Edgerly (Rochester, N.H.), and freshman Catherine Masson (East Stroudsburg, Pa.).

            The skiers will be back on the slopes next weekend at the Plymouth State Carnival at Waterville Valley, with slalom races on Saturday and giant slalom on Sunday.

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