Panther Skiers record strong finishes in slalom at Berkshire East

CHARLEMONT, Mass. - The Plymouth State University alpine ski teams both registered strong finishes Saturday in the slalom races at the UMass Winter Carnival at Berkshire East Mountain in Western Massachusetts.

The Panther men captured first place out of 10 competing teams, while the PSU women finished runner-up out of 10 schools.  The men had placed third in Friday's giant slalom and the women were fourth.  This was the opening weekend of the season.

PSU had three of the top six finishers and five of the top 10 among the 80 skiers in Saturday's men's race.  Senior Tyler Barlow (South Burlington, Vt.) and sophomore Topher Harlow (North Conway, N.H.) were the top Panther finishers, placing second and third, respectively.  Harlow was also third in Friday's GS.  Other PSU skiers who placed in the top 10 included junior Skip Bartlett (Silver Lake, N.H.) in sixth, freshman Jason Hey (Northboro, Mass.) in eighth, and senior Chad Demetry (Francestown, N.H.) in 10th.  Hey also had a fourth place in the GS on Friday.

The Panthers cruised to the men's team title, finishing ahead of runner-up UMass and third-place Colby-Sawyer College. The rest of the teams, in order of finish, included Babson, Boston College, MIT, Saint Anselm, Brown, UConn, and New England College.

Freshman Melissa Caflisch (Clymer, N.Y.) led the Panther women, placing first among the 65 skiers.  She completed an outstanding opening weekend, having finished second in the GS on Friday.  Junior Chantelle Heroux (Cooperstown, N.Y.) placed 11th for PSU for the second straight day, while freshman Kara Marvelli (Franconia, N.H.) finished 20th.

Brown won the women's team standings for the second straight day, with PSU second and Boston College third.  Rounding out the field, in order of finish, were UMass, Smith, Colby-Sawyer, Babson, MIT, Saint Anselm and UConn.

PSU returns home to host the Plymouth State Winter Carnival next Saturday-Sunday (Jan. 22-23) at Waterville Valley (N.H.)

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