PLYMOUTH, N.H. – It was another strong day for the Plymouth State University alpine ski teams Saturday in the slalom race at the MIT Carnival at Tenney Mountain, as the Panther men had six of the top 13 finishers and freshman Melissa Caflisch (Clymer, N.Y.) led the Panther women with her third first-place finish of the season.
The Panther women placed third overall among the 10 schools. The men, who were split into two teams, placed second and fourth among the 19 competing teams. (The format is slightly different this week for the men’s races, as all schools are divided into two teams, with five skiers on each squad and the top three times counting towards the team total. Normally, there are 10 skiers on each team with the top five times counting.)
Caflisch (left) continued her outstanding rookie season, winning her third straight slalom race over 67 other skiers. Junior Chantelle Heroux (Cooperstown, N.Y.) placed ninth for the Panthers, her best slalom finish of the season. Freshman Meghann McKenney (Hubbardston, Mass.) was PSU’s third-best finisher, placing 19th.
Senior Chad Demetry (Francestown, N.H.) led a strong PSU men’s contingent that included the 4-5-6-7 finishers among the 88 racers. Demetry was fourth, his third straight top 10 finish in the slalom, followed by sophomore Topher Harlow (North Conway, N.H.), senior Tyler Barlow (South Burlington, Vt.) and junior Skip Bartlett (Silver Lake, N.H.). The Panthers also got strong finishes from juniors Bill Halberstadt (Concord, N.H.) and Matt Prendergast (Westminster, Mass.), who were 12th and 13th, respectively.
Brown University captures the women’s race, with Colby-sawyer second, PSU third and Boston College fourth among the 10 schools. UMass’ “A” team won the men’s race, with PSU’s “A” team second, Colby-Sawyer “A” third, PSU “B” fourth, and Boston College “A” fifth. All teams were slowed by the warm weather and snow conditions.
The teams will all compete in the giant slalom Sunday (Feb. 6) at Loon Mountain in Lincoln, N.H.
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