DURHAM, N.H.- The fans have spoken, and with an overwhelming 89 percent of the vote, clearly stated that the UNH Athletics 2010-11 Moment of the Year was the All-America performance of alpine skier Zach Clayton (Manassas, Va.) at the 2011 NCAA Ski Championships in Stowe, Vt.
Clayton 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 NCAAs, hosted by the University of Vermont, on March 12. 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 earlier that week, 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.
The UNH Athletics 2010-11 Moment of the Year capped a month-long recap of the Top 20 highlights of the season, with fans voting for their favorites on www.unhwildcats.com. Clayton's performance edged the other fan favorites: the women's swimming and diving team's ECAC championship; Mike Simon's fourth consecutive America East javelin title; and Kelly Mooney's four shutouts for the women's soccer team.