Coffey, Vest-Burton Earn All-America at NCAA Ski Championships (Day 3 of 4)

HANCOCK, Vt.Sam Coffey (Snowmass, Colo.) notched third place and Taylor Vest-Burton (Breckenridge, Colo.) took fifth place to earn All-America First Team in men's slalom as the University of New Hampshire skiing team moved into seventh place at the 2013 NCAA Skiing Championships,  hosted by Middlebury College.

The Wildcats have compiled 390.5 points through three days of the four-day championships; Vermont leads with 564 points, Colorado is second with 510 points and Denver is third with 484 points.

Coffey, who was All-America Second Team in SL in 2011, registered a two-run time of 1 minute, 39.75 seconds for 44 points. Vest-Burton, who earned All-America Second Team in giant slalom with his sixth-place finish Wednesday, added First Team SL to his repertoire by virtue of his fifth-place time of 1:39.89 for 35 points. Coley Oliver (Salt Lake City, Utah), who earned All-America First Team in GS Wednesday, finished in 28th place (1:45.79) for 12 points. UNH finished runner-up in men's SL with 95 points, behind Middlebury's 103 points. 

Randa Teschner (Petawawa, Ontario) garnered a berth on the All-American Second Team in women's slalom by recording a combined time of 1:39.29 for 30 points and 10th place. Catherine Blanchard (Eastman, Quebec) missed All-American status by 0.48 seconds, tallying 12th place in 1:39.77 (28 points). Jenna Kantor (East Burke, Vt.) recorded a time of 1:49.85 for 31st place (nine points). UNH finished in sixth place with 67 points; Denver won the women's SL with 101 points.

The NCAAs wrap up Saturday, March 9, with the Nordic women's 15K freestyle mass start (10 a.m.) and the men's 20K free MS at 12 p.m.

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