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March 8, 2014

PSU Skier places 22nd in slalom at NCAA Championships

Martin caps season with Panthers' inaugural NCAA berth

            PARK CITY, Utah – Sophomore Max Martin (Salt Lake City, Utah) put an outstanding stamp on a superb collegiate ski racing season Saturday with a 24th place finish in the men's slalom at the 2014 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) National Collegiate Skiing Championships held at Park City, Utah.

            Martin finished his first run in 1:06.97, good for 26th out of the 34 racers in the event. He covered the afternoon course in 58.05 seconds, the 20th-fastest time, finishing with a combined time of 2:05.02. Martin became the first student-athlete in school history to compete at the NCAA Skiing Championships Wednesday with a 30th-place in the giant slalom.

            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. Espen Lysdahl of the University of Denver was the individual slalom champion with a combined time of 1:53.34.

            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).

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