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February 17, 2012

PSU Skiers finish near back of pack at Williams Carnival

Colt, Beck, Sampson, Ryberg with top Panther performances

            HANCOCK, Mass. – The Plymouth State University ski teams finished near the back of the pack Friday in the slalom races at the Williams College Carnival at Jiminy Peak Mountain.

            The Panther men had three finishers in the top half of the field and placed 10th out of 12 in the team standings, while the Panther women had just one finisher overall and wound up in 13th place.  The top three teams in the men's scoring were the University of Vermont, the University of New Hampshire and Middlebury College, while the top three women's teams were Williams, Bates College and Dartmouth College.  This is PSU's first year in the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA).

            Leading the way for the PSU men were senior Willie Colt, freshman Andrew Beck and senior Tom Sampson, who all improved their places with strong second runs.  Colt move up from 37th with the 23rd-fastest time on the second run to finish a season-best 27th overall among the 84 racers; Beck moved up from 45th to finish 32nd, and Sampson jumped 17 spots with a strong second attempt and placed 37th overall.

            PSU's top two men's skiers, juniors Chris Beadon and Parker Spear were in 24th and 32nd place, respectively, after one run, but stumbled on their second runs and did not finish.

            Junior Martina Ryberg finished in 36th overall for PSU among the 75 women's racers. Her best run was her first, when she posted the 32nd-best time.

            The Williams Carnival continues Saturday at Jiminy Peak with the giant slalom races.

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