HANCOCK, Mass. – Taylor Vest-Burton (Breckenridge, Colo.) registered a season-best eighth-place finish in the men's slalom to guide the University of New Hampshire men's alpine team to second place in that race and the Wildcats' skiing team to seventh overall during Friday's opening day of action at the Williams Winter Carnival.
Burton earned 37 points with his combined time of 1 minute, 31.01 seconds to finish as the top 'Cat for the second time this season. Sam Coffey (Snowmass, Colo.) supported that effort by notching 10th place (33 points) in 1:31.32, and Zach Clayton (Manassas, Va.) took home 30 points with a 12th-place time of 1:31.67. Buoyed by that trio's 100 points, New Hampshire finished runner-up to Vermont (141 points) in men's SL.
Laura Rozinowicz (Toronto, Ontario) finished the women's SL in 1:41.69 for 19th place, giving her top 'Cat alpine honors in a race for the third straight carnival. Rozinowicz's 24 points were the only ones obtained by the Wildcats, who finished the race in 10th place.
Dartmouth leads the carnival with 191 points, while Williams (173) and Vermont (159) round out the top three. Friday's originally scheduled Nordic classic relays were cancelled.
The Williams Carnival wraps up Saturday with the men's and women's giant slalom races at Jiminy Peak, while the men's and women's 10K classic Nordic races are set to take place at the Craftsbury Nordic Center in Craftsbury, Vt. For more information, visit www.unhwildcats.com or www.unhskiing.com.
Photo courtesy of EISA Skiing