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March 5, 2014

PSU Alpine Skier places 30th in GS at NCAA Championships

Martin is first Panther in school history to compete at NCAA race

            PARK CITY, Utah – Sophomore Max Martin (Salt Lake City, Utah) finished in 30th place Wednesday in the giant slalom race at the 2014 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) National Collegiate Skiing Championships held at Park City, Utah.

            Martin became the first student-athlete in school history to compete at the NCAA Skiing Championships.  He finished the first run in 16th place among the 34 competitors who qualified for the event with a time of 58.70 seconds. Martin lost his balance a couple times on his second run, which included a full 360-degree pirouette, before crossing the line in 1:06.34, the 30th-fastest time, and a combined time of 2:05.04.

            The very-competitive field of racers included several skiers who just returned from competing in the Olympics in Sochi, Russia, as well as the Canadian National giant slalom champion. Martin was one of only six racers who were age 21 or younger. Freshman Mark Engel of the University of Utah was the individual champion with a combined time of 1:58.56.

            Martin completed an outstanding sophomore season in the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association.  He was ranked ninth in the EISA circuit in the giant slalom rankings with three top seven finishes among collegiate skiers (sixth at the University of Vermont Carnival, seventh at the Colby Carnival and fourth at the Williams College Carnival).

            "The NCAA Skiing Championships is one of the hardest competitions in collegiate sports to qualify for," said PSU Head Coach Andrew Gannon.  "There are so few spots, and so many great skiers (especially in the East) from a mix of Divisions I, II and III schools, it's an honor just to qualify."

            Martin will compete with the rest of the skiers in Friday's slalom event. The skiing championships are being webcast live on NCAA.com. Visit http://www.ncaa.com/liveschedule  to watch all the action. 

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