By Lloyd Jones
CONWAY — Seven members of the Kennett High girls' and boys alpine teams qualified recently to compete in the prestigious Meet of Champions at Cannon Mountain in Franconia.
The top 10 finishers in slalom and GS for boys' and girls receive an invitation to ski in the Meet of Champions, which brings together the top 30 skiers from divisions I, II and III, at Cannon Mountain in Franconia on March 2.
For the Eagles, Paige Hill, Ashton Coleman, Liz Robert, India Drummond for the girls, while Sean Maloney, Connor Glavin and Dylan West qualified for the boys.
In the morning giant slalom at Cannon, Bedford's Sophia Dobrowski topped 38 other girls to win the two-run, combined time, race in 1 minute, 32.16 seconds. She was joined on the podium by Gorham's Karyssa Lachance, who was second in 1:34.03, and Sunapee's Maddie Austin, who finished third in 1:36.76.
Kennett was led by Coleman, who finished 11th in 1:39.50.
She was followed by teammates Hill, 21st, 1:44.16; Robert, 24th, 1:45.92; and Drummond, 29th, 1:48.86.
For the boys, Will Austin of Sunapee came from behind to lay down the fastest second run of the day to win the race by the blink of an eye in 1:27.21. Profile's Jack Sampo was right on his heels, finishing second in a field of 38 skiers, in 1:27.92.
Austin and Sampo were joined on the podium by Tucker Ormiston of Derryfield, who was third in 1:29.92.
West was the top finisher for the boys from Conway, placing 12th overall in 1:35.94. Glavin was 16th in 1:36.69.
Maloney did not ski in the Meet of Champions, after earning a spot on the 2017 Eastern Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Junior National Team. He competed in the U20 age category, north of Chicago at the Norge Ski Club from Feb. 28-March 4.
In the afternoon slalom, for the girls, Hollis-Brookline's Stephanie Menard had the fastest two runs to win the race by almost two seconds in 1:25.06. She was joined on the podium by Plymouth's Rebecca Caron and Dobrowski, who finished tied for second in 1:27.52.
Coleman led KHS, placing 12th in 1:34.40, followed by Robert, 19th, 1:41.08; Drummond, 20th, 1:41.41; and Hill, 28th, 2:04.77, after a fall on the first run.
For the boys, Austin made it a true daily-double by winning slalom on top of his morning GS title. Again, it was tight at the top, and again, Austin had to come from behind on his second run to claim the crown, winning in 1:14.39. Ormiston was a close second in 1:14.49, while third place honors went to Portsmouth's Tristan Hamilton in 1:17.75.
West was the lone KHS boy to finish, placing 12th out of 25 finishers in 1:25.85.
Glavin did not finish his second run.
The Kennett girls won the overall Division II title for the fifth year in a row on the slopes of Cranmore Resort in North Conway on Feb. 14. The Eagles won the title with 762 points, topping the 11-school field.
Plymouth was second with 691 points, followed by Hanover, 677; Hollis-Brookline, 672.5; Souhegan, 648; Kingswood, 626.5; Oyster River, 588; ConVal, 585; Windham, 560; Lebanon, 522; and Pembroke, 508.
The KHS boys were third for the second year in a row in the state championships.
Plymouth won the title at King Pine Ski Area in East Madison on March 3 based on a strong finish in slalom to secure team honors with 737 points. Windham was second with 728 points, followed by Kennett, 717; Hollis-Brookline, 625; Souhegan, 618; Pembroke, 595; Kingwood, 593; ConVal, 560; Lebanon, 559.5; Oyster River, 512.5; Hanover, 476; Milford, 425; and John Stark, 322.
- Category: High School