New Hampshire off to strong start
Coffey finishes third in giant slalom with personal-best effort
STOWE, Vt. -- Sam Coffey raced to a career-high, third-place finish in the men's giant slalom race and Jenna Kantor bolted to a personal-best fourth place in women's GS at Mount Mansfield, as New Hampshire grabbed second place on the opening day of the Vermont Winter Carnival on Friday.
With 188 points, the Wildcats trail only Dartmouth (204 points) with two days of racing remaining. Middlebury (174) is currently third, followed by Vermont (148) and Bates (143).
UNH's men's alpine team placed second in the GS with 111 points, behind UVM (118). Coffey, who earned 44 points for his efforts, posted a combined time of 2 minutes, 6.31 seconds, a mere 1.18 seconds behind GS winner Ben Morse of Dartmouth.
Paul Atkinson clocked in at 2:06.81 to accrue 39 points for a season-high fifth-place run, and Taylor Burton registered his third top-15 finish this season by crossing the finish line in 2:07.55 for 12th place (28 points). Kantor, competing in her home state, raced to the bottom of the mountain in a combined 2:12.28 for 41 points to highlight the women's alpine team's results.
Laura Halupowski earned the first points (22) of her UNH career by recording a time of 2:15.26 for 20th place. Catherine Blanchard was the third-fastest Wildcat and No. 32 overall with a combined effort of 2:16.77 for 14 points. The Wildcats finished fifth with 77 points/. Dartmouth won with a 103 point effort.