Spear and Van Ingen pace Panthers
BARTLETT, N.H. – The Plymouth State University men's ski team finished in ninth place out of 11 schools Saturday in the slalom event at the University of New Hampshire Carnival at Attitash Mountain.
PSU's top four racers finished between 34th and 48th among the 88 skiers in the event. The Panther men finished ahead of longtime rivals Colby-Sawyer College and Boston College in the team standings, and just behind Saint Lawrence University and Saint Michael's College. The Panthers did not score in the women's standings as they did not have three competitors complete both runs.
The University of Vermont won both the men's and women's team scoring, with UNH and Middlebury second and third in the men's standings and Williams and UNH second and third in the women's.
Junior Parker Spear was the top Panther finisher, coming in 34th overall in the men's race. Spear was 45th after the first run but moved up with a 34th place in the second run. Freshman Pieter Van Ingen was 58th after the first run and placed 37th in the second attempt to finish 38th overall. Senior Tom Sampson and junior Chris Beadon also earned a second run by finishing in the top 60 and finished 45th and 48th, respectively.
Two Panther women finished high enough to earn a second run, but junior Martina Ryberg, who was in 21st place after one run, and sophomore Marley Pawlak, who was in 52nd, both fell and did not complete their second attempt.
The first half of the UNH carnival on Friday, which included the giant slalom, was cancelled due to heavy rain.
The Panthers will compete again on the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) circuit next weekend (Feb. 3-4) at the University of Vermont Carnival at Mount Mansfield.
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