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February 15, 2014

Martin leads PSU Skiers in giant slalom at Williams Carnival

Panther sophomore places eighth; Lemgart paces Panther women

            HANCOCK, Mass. – Sophomore Max Martin (Salt Lake City, Utah) posted his third top 10 finish of the season Saturday to lead the Plymouth State University alpine ski teams in the giant slalom portion of the Williams College Carnival at Jiminy Peak Resort.

            Martin posted an eighth-place finish among the 85 who started the men's race, including fourth place among collegiate skiers, his top finish of the season. Included in his day was the second-fastest time on the course on the second run (50.54 seconds), behind only Robby Kelley of the US Ski Team (50.45).

            Three other Panther men finished between 28th and 43rd. Sophomore Garrett Quimby (Dunstable, Mass.) finished 28th, moving up eight spots after the first run; freshman Kyle Farrow (Collingwood, Ont.) was 30th, moving up three spots; and sophomore Takehiro Watanabe (Sapporo, Japan) crossed the finish line in 43rd.

            The PSU men's contingent placed third among 13 teams in the standings, its highest finish since joining the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA). The Panthers scored 78 points, behind only the University of Vermont (128) and Middlebury College (119) and ahead of the University of New Hampshire (73) and Williams College (68).

            Freshman Charlotte Lemgart (Vaerloese, Denmark) led the Panther women with a 23rd place among 73 women's skiers. She was 27th after one run and moved up four spots in the second run. Freshman Mariah Zanca (Camden, Maine) finished her two runs in 40th place for the Panthers and sophomore Katie Burton (Jackson, N.H.) was 56th.

            The University of Vermont also captured the women's team titles, ahead of runner-up Dartmouth College. The Panther women were 11th, behind Colby-Sawyer College and ahead of Saint Michael's College.

            The Panther will travel to Middlebury College next weekend for the EISA Championships and NCAA East Regionals.

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