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Beadon wins National Skiing Championship in slalom

Panther men finish runner-up in team standings

            SUN VALLEY, Idaho – Sophomore Chris Beadon (Ridgefield, Conn.) skied his way to a national championship on Saturday, winning the slalom run and leading the Plymouth State University men’s ski team to second place at the United State Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) National Championships at Sun Valley.

            The Panthers had three skiers finish in the top 10 among the 100-plus racers, and their combined time was good enough to give PSU second place in the men’s slalom team standings.  Plymouth State was only 0.21 of a second behind team champion Sierra Nevada College, with third-place Rocky Mountain College just 0.18 back of PSU.  There were 20 teams competing for the championships.

  Chris Beadon

            Beadon posted the third-fastest time in each of the two runs, and his combined time of 1:28.33 was less than a second ahead of the next three finishers.  Beadon is also in contention for the combined alpine individual title after his seventh place in Thursday’s giant slalom.  He improved on his 11th-place finish in the slalom at last year’s nationals. 

            Sophomore Parker Spear (Sodus Point, N.Y.) and seniors Travis Nevins (Henniker, N.H.) and Peter Ostroski (Intervale, N.H./Kennett) also turned in All-America performances for the Panthers Saturday with top 15 finishes.  Spear rebounded from a rough outing on Thursday with an eighth place in Saturday’s slalom, while Nevins crossed the line tied for ninth place and Ostroski was close behind in 14th.  Junior Tom Sampson (Plymouth, N.H./Plymouth Regional) also competed for PSU and finished a respectable 35th overall.

            Beadon’s national title was the first for a PSU men’s racer since Josh Bedard captured the giant slalom in 2006, and matched the championship won by sophomore Martina Ryberg in Wednesday’s GS. 

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