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February 5, 2011

PSU Men’s Ski team back on top at Wildcat in giant slalom

Ryberg wins women’s race for third-place Panthers 

            JACKSON, N.H. – With five of the top eight overall finishers, the Plymouth State University men’s ski team captured the giant slalom team scoring Saturday on the first day of the Boston College/Brown University Carnival at Wildcat Mountain. The Panther women had the individual champion and four of the top 20 and placed third in the women’s team standings.

            The Panther men finished eight seconds ahead of runner-up Boston College and 11 seconds faster than third-place Colby-Sawyer College.  It was PSU’s eighth team title in nine races this season, including all five GS events.  Brown edged BC for the women’s team winner, with PSU third and Colby-Sawyer fourth.  There were 73 racers from nine schools in the men’s race and 77 skiers from 10 schools in the women’s.

  
  Martina Ryberg
   

            Sophomore Martina Ryberg (Stockholm, Sweden) continued her domination of the MacConnell Division circuit, easily winning with a margin of victory of more than two seconds.  It was her seventh victory this season in nine races, including her fourth GS win.  Three other Panthers who finished in the top 20 were freshman Marley Pawlak (West Dover, Vt.) in 15th, freshman Kali St. Laurent (Manchester, N.H./Central) with a season-best 17th place, and junior Katherine Goller (Williston, Vt.) in 20th.

            PSU’s top three skiers all finished in the top five in the men’s race, with sophomore Chris Beadon (Ridgefield, Conn.) in second, sophomore Parker Spear (Sodus Point, N.Y.) in fourth, and senior Peter Ostroski (Intervale, N.H./Kennett) in fifth. Beadon has placed in the top three in eight of nine races this season, with four runner-up finishes and one win; Spear has been in the top 10 seven times this winter; and Ostroski’s streak of top-eight finishes was extended to 39 regular season races.

            Senior Travis Nevins (Henniker, N.H.) and junior Tom Sampson (Plymouth, N.H.) were not far behind for the Panthers, crossing the line in seventh and eighth place, respectively.  Senior Austin Nevins (Henniker, N.H.) was also in the mix in 13th.

            The regular season concludes on Sunday on the second day of the BC /Brown Carnival with a slalom race at Wildcat. 

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