PSU Skiers compete in GS at Dartmouth Carnival

Panther men take 8th place; women finish 13th

            LYME, N.H. – The Plymouth State University men's ski team finished in eighth place among 12 teams while the Panther women were 13th out of 13 Friday in the giant slalom portion of the Dartmouth Carnival at the Dartmouth Skiway.

            The Panthers had their top three men's skiers finish in the top half among the 75 racers, and another one in 39th, while the PSU women had just one skier complete both runs.  Highly-touted University of Vermont swept both the men's and women's team titles in the GS, with Middlebury and the University of New Hampshire second and third in the men's scoring and UNH and Williams in the 2-3 spots for the women.

            The PSU men finished just behind Colby-Sawyer and Saint Michael's College and ahead of Dartmouth, Bates College, Williams College and Harvard University. This is PSU's first year in the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) circuit.

            Junior Chris Beadon posted the top finish for any Panther on either team, placing 22nd in the men's race.  He was 24th after the first run and moved up two spots with the 16th-best time on the second run.  Freshman Pieter Van Ingen and junior Parker Spear came in 33rd and 34th, respectively, and senior Tom Sampson wound up 39th.

            Sophomore Leigh Anne Connors provided the highlight for the PSU women, finishing 45th out of 70.

            The Dartmouth Carnival continues Saturday at the Dartmouth Skiway with the slalom races. 

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