PSU Ski Teams open season in GS at UVM Carnival

Panther men lead way with seventh place finish

            STOWE, Vt. – Senior Chris Beadon (Ridgefield, Conn./Stratton Mountain School) was the top Plymouth State University finisher Friday as the Panther men's and women's alpine ski teams opened the 2013 racing season with a giant slalom race at the University of Vermont Carnival at Stowe Mountain, Vt.

            Beadon took 26th place out of 83 racers in the men's portion of the event, finishing his two runs in a combined time of 2:06.54. Beadon was in 33rd place after the first run and moved up seven spots with the 25th-best time on the second run.  Freshmen Garrett Quimby (Dunstable, Mass) and Max Martin (Salt Lake City, Utah) tied for 40th to finish in the top half of the field and count in the team scoring.  Freshman Takehiro Watanabe (Sapporo, Japan/Stratton Mountain School) and senior Parker Spear (Sodus Point, N.Y.) were not far behind, placing 43rd and 48th, respectively.

            The Panther men finished seventh among 13 schools in the team scoring with 47 points.  The University of New Hampshire was first on the scoreboard with 128 points and host UVM was second with 120.  PSU finished behind sixth-place St. Lawrence University (73) and just ahead of eighth-place Williams College (43).

            Junior Leigh Anne Connors (Lake Placid, N.Y.) and freshman Caroline Lundmark (Skelleftea, Sweden) posted the top finishes for the Panther women.  Connors placed 48th among the 84 entries in the women's field and Lundmark finished 56th.

            Host UVM captured the women's team title with 130 points, while Dartmouth College (111) was second and Middlebury (90) third.  PSU (14) finished 13th, just behind Colby-Sawyer College (18).

            The teams will be back on the mountain Saturday at Stowe for the slalom portion of the UVM Carnival. 

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