Ryberg continues outstanding season for Panthers
WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. – It was another outstanding day for the Plymouth State University ski racing teams on Sunday as the Panther men and women both captured first place in the giant slalom portion of the Plymouth State Carnival at Waterville Valley.
The Panthers had three of the top four finishers and five of the top 12 among the 74 skiers in the men’s race, and the individual winner of the women’s race along with four in the top 14 among the 75 entrants. The PSU men kept their perfect season intact, winning for the sixth time in as many outings, while the Panther women took first place for the third race this winter.
PSU cruised to victories in both team standings; the women were more than six seconds ahead of runner-up Colby-Sawyer College and nearly nine seconds ahead of third-place Boston College, and the
men were more than seven seconds faster than both runner-up Colby-Sawyer and third-place BC. There were nine teams in the men’s event and 10 in the women’s.
Sophomore Martina Ryberg (Stockholm, Sweden) continued her outstanding season, capturing first place in the women’s race for the fifth time in six outings this year. Junior Kait Pawlak (North Windham, Vt.) skied to a season-best fifth-place finish, and freshman Marley Pawlak (West Dover, Vt.) was right behind in eighth place. Freshman Catherine Masson (East Stroudsburg, Pa.) was the next Panther finisher, coming in 14th, her top finish of the season.
PSU's top three men’s racers, senior Peter Ostroski (Intervale, N.H./Kennett) and sophomores Chris Beadon (Ridgefield, Conn.) and sophomore Parker Spear (Sodus Point, N.Y.) were all in the top six for the second straight day. Beadon and Ostroski repeated their places from Saturday, Beadon in third and Ostroski in fourth, while Spear moved up from his sixth place on Saturday to second place on Sunday. Senior Travis Nevins (Henniker, N.H.) earned a top 10 finish with a ninth place, and senior Joseph Healey (Fitchburg, Mass.) followed up his career-best finish 11th place on Saturday with a 12th place on Sunday.
The teams will be back on the slopes next weekend with a GS race at Gunstock on Friday and a slalom race at Blackwater on Saturday.
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