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March 10, 2011

PSU Men’s Skiers place fourth in GS at Nationals

Beadon leads Panthers with All-America finish

            SUN VALLEY, Idaho – The Plymouth State University men’s alpine ski team had three of the top 25 finishers Thursday and finished in fourth place out of 20 teams in the giant slalom portion of the United State Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) National Championships at Sun Valley.

   
  Chris Beadon

            Sophomore Chris Beadon (Ridgefield, Conn.) led the way for the Panthers, skiing his way to Second Team All-America honors with a seventh place among the 100 racers in the individual standings.  Beadon was consistent, posting the 11th-best time in each of the two runs to end up seventh.  It’s the second straight All-America performance for Beadon, who placed fifth in the GS at last year’s nationals.

            Seniors Peter Ostroski (Intervale, N.H./Kennett) and Travis Nevins (Henniker, N.H.) had strong performances for the Panthers, helping the team to the fourth place.  Ostroski, who missed the Eastern Regionals recovering from an injury, rebounded with a 17th-place finish on Wednesday, while Nevins was not far behind in 24th. Senior Joseph Healey (Fitchburg, Mass.) made his first career appearance at the nationals and brought home 50th place, and sophomore Parker Spear (Sodus Point, N.Y.) was in seventh place after the first run but fell on his second run and did not finish.

            Rocky Mountain College finished first in the team standings, nearly four seconds ahead of runner-up St. Olaf College.  The University of British Columbia took third place, and PSU was fourth and the top eastern school, a little more than three seconds behind UBC.  The team times are the combined time of the top three finishers out of the five racers from each team.

            The championships continue on Friday with the women’s slalom and will conclude on Saturday with the men’s slalom.  The PSU women will be looking for a strong follow-up to their GS national championship they captured on Wednesday. 

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