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February 18, 2012

PSU Skiers compete in giant slalom at Williams Carnival

Colt and Beck top placers for Panthers

            HANCOCK, Mass. – It was a mediocre day on the slopes for the Plymouth State University ski teams Saturday as the Panthers finished at or near the bottom of the team standings in the giant slalom at the Williams College Carnival at Jiminy Peak Mountain.

            The Panther men had two finishers in the top half of the field and placed eighth out of 12 in the team standings, while the Panther women did not have any official finishers.  The top three teams in the men's scoring were Middlebury, the University of Vermont and Dartmouth College, while the top three women's teams were the University of New Hampshire, Williams College and UVM.  This is PSU's first year in the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA).

            Leading the way for the PSU men for the second straight day were senior Willie Colt (Hanover, N.H.) and freshman Andrew Beck. Colt was 27th after one run among the 73 men's racers and moved up to 26th with a strong second run, while Beck was 34th after his first attempt and moved up two spots to finish 32nd overall. The only other two Panthers to qualify for a second run, juniors Chris Beadon and Parker Spear, stumbled for the second straight day and did not finish.

            Junior Martina Ryberg and sophomore Marley Pawlak earned second runs for the Panther women by finishing in the top 60 but neither one finished their second attempt.

            The final races of the regular season are next weekend, Feb. 24-25, at the EISA Regionals at the Middlebury Snowbowl. 

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