WINTER PARK, Colo.- – Plymouth State University placed its first three men’s skiers among the top 13 finishers on Saturday in the slalom event, and their combined time over two runs was fast enough to capture the slalom team national championship at the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association’s National Championships at Winter Park Resort.
The Panthers had a wide victory in the two-run event, with their top-three combined time more than 10 seconds faster than runner-up Colby-Sawyer College. Westminster College and Sierra Nevada College took the next two places and Babson College finished fifth among the 20 schools in the event.
Sophomores Peter Ostroski (Intervale, N.H./Kennett) and Travis Nevins (Henniker, N.H.) and junior Chris Carlucci (Mahopac, N.Y.) all earned All-America honors in leading the Panthers to the title. Ostroski is a First Team All-America selection after placing fourth among the 108 racers, and first among Eastern skiers. Ostroski earned the fifth All-America honor of his career, duplicating his fourth place from last year’s slalom at nationals. Nevins was not far behind in sixth place to earn Second Team All-America honors for the first time in his career, and Carlucci made the most of his first appearance at the nationals with a 13th place to earn Second Team accolades.
In addition, Ostroski was the top American finisher, and thus earns a spot at the United State Ski Association’s National Alpine Championships on Mar. 24-31, at Mount Alyeska, Alaska.
Sophomore Austin Nevins (Henniker, N.H.) also posted a 30th-place finish for PSU. Classmate Willie Colt (Hanover, N.H.) missed a gate and was disqualified in the morning run.
The Panthers, who are led by first-year coach Topher Harlow, won the slalom Saturday after placing fifth in the giant slalom on Thursday.
PSU men’s skiing has a history of winning national championships, claiming the overall alpine titles in 1981 and 1985.