PSU Skiers race in slalom at EISA Regionals at Middlebury

Spear, Colt lead Panther men; Goller paces Panther women

            MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The Plymouth State University ski teams held their own Friday in the slalom races at the Middlebury College Carnival/Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) Championships at the Middlebury Snow Bowl.

            The Panther men had two finishers in the top 30 in the field of 73 and tied for eighth place out of 13 in the team standings, while the Panther women had all six skiers finish both runs and wound up 12th out of 13 schools.

            The top three teams in the men's scoring for the second week in a row were the University of Vermont, the University of New Hampshire and Middlebury College, while the top three women's teams were Dartmouth College, Williams College and UNH. The PSU men tied for eighth with Williams and finished ahead of Bates, Colby-Sawyer, Boston College and Harvard while the Panther women were just behind Saint Michael's College and BC and ahead of Colby-Sawyer.  This is PSU's first year in the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA).

            Senior Willie Colt and junior Parker Spear were the top placers for PSU, finishing in a tie for 29th.  Colt was 42nd after the first run but moved up 13 spots with the 26th best time in the second attempt while Spear was 35th overall before moving up six places on his second run.  Senior Tom Sampson was next across the line for PSU in 45th.

            Senior Katherine Goller turned in the top performance for the Panther women.  After missing more than a month with an injury, Goller return to the lineup Friday and finished in 37th place among the 67 racers to lead the PSU contingent.  Sophomores Marley Pawlak and Catherine Masson were next for the Panthers in 40th and 49th, respectively.

            The Middlebury Carnival/EISA Regionals continue Saturday with the giant slalom races. 

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