STOWE, Vt. – University of New Hampshire alpine skier Zach Clayton (Manassas, Va.) finished third in the men's slalom race at Stowe Mountain Resort to claim All-America First Team honors, highlighting the Wildcats' eighth-place finish in the 2011 NCAA Ski Championships, hosted by the University of Vermont, on Saturday afternoon. The 'Cats, who accumulated 344 points, posted their best NCAA result since 2000.
Clayton, who earned All-America Second Team recognition by finishing 10th in giant slalom Wednesday, outdid his first effort by notching his seventh top-10 SL result of the year. The junior recorded a time of 48.63 seconds in his first run and 52.96 seconds in his second run for a combined time of 1 minute, 41.59 seconds for 44 points.
Sam Coffey (Snowmass, Colo.) earned All-America Second Team honors by virtue of an eighth-place combined time of 1:44.16. Coffey completed his first run in 51.73 and followed up with a time of 52.43 to earn 33 points.
Paul Atkinson (Toronto, Ontario) chalked up 15 points for the 'Cats, putting together a strong time of 57:32 in his initial run before a rough second-run time of 1:14.08 left him in 25th-place at a combined 2:11.40.
The UNH men's alpine team finished third in men's SL with 92 points, just behind the University of Colorado (97) and runner-up Dartmouth College (94).
Marie-Elaine Lepine (Mont-Tremblant, Quebec) led the Wildcats' alpine team in the women's SL, registering times of 1:02.87 and 1:18.55 for a combined total of 2:21.42, good for 24th place and 16 points.
Laura Rozinowicz (Toronto, Ontario) improved her time from 1:29.65 on her first run down the mountain to a team-best 54.07 seconds in her final run for a combined 2:24.50, securing 26th place and 14 points.
Catherine Blanchard (Eastman, Quebec) clocked in at 1:09.46 on her first run but was unable to complete her second run. All told, the Wildcats' women's alpine skiers placed 11th in SL with 30 team points.
Colorado won the NCAA Championship courtesy of 831 points, followed by the University of Utah (750.5) and Dartmouth (643). For more information on the NCAA Ski Championships, visit www.ncaa.com. For more information about the UNH ski team, visit www.unhwildcats.com.