By Lloyd Jones
CONWAY — The Kennett High boys' and girls' alpine teams made the most of their season-racing debut on their home hill at Cranmore on Friday by dominating a three-team meet. Both squads skied to victories over Lebanon and Carroll County rival Kingswood.
"We had another great day, especially considering the challenging conditions," said Laurel Zengilowski, Eagles' head coach. "The warm weather and the dropping temps made for some pretty interesting skiing."
The KHS girls swept the podium in both slalom and giant slalom races, and even took the top six spots in GS, while the Kennett boys took the first six places in slalom and the top two spots in GS.
In the girls GS, Paige Hill won the race with Ashton Coleman, Liz Robert and India Drummond all within a second of each other and as the top four finishers," Zengilowski said. "Natalie Perry and Jordanna Belle Isle rounded out our top six, in fifth and sixth, respectively. We actually had eight of the top 10 spots this morning."
In the morning GS, Hill had the fastest second run (24.57) to finish in a combined time of 49.16 to take individual honors. Right on her skis were Coleman, who had the quickest first run (24.40), was second in 49.24. Robert joined her on the podium in third place in 49.81.
Other Eagles to finish included India Drummond, fourth, 49.91; Perry, fifth, 51.09; Belle-Isle, sixth, 51.38; Eva Drummond, eighth, 52.63; Dana Saxby, 10th 54.24; Rachel Yalenzian, 11th, 54.35; Alannah Carr, 18th, 57.22; Maggie Miller, 19th, 58.02; Emily Bean, 22nd, 1:02.76; and Alex Iannuzzi, 24th, 1:05.16.
Kennett took team honors in the GS with a perfect score of 384 points. Kingswood was second with 378, while Lebanon too third with 362.
"In the afternoon slalom for the girls, this is the second week in a row that Liz Robert has led the way for Kennett, finishing first," Zengilowski said. "Ashton was right behind her in second place. Those two had a good two second lead on the rest of the competition with India Drummond as the next finisher — which was awesome because she had a little hiccup in her run and had to hike. Jordanna, Paige and Rachel Yalenezian rounded out our top six finishers finishing in the top 10.
In team scoring, the Eagles took the top spot with 392 points, followed by Kingswood, 379, and Lebanon, 363.
Robert took first individually with a combined run of 1:12.55. Coleman, who had the fastest second run (36.83) to finish second in 1:13.18. They were joined on the podium by India Drummond, who had the fastest first run (34.19), was third, 1:16.14.
Other Kennett finishers were Belle-Isle, sixth, 1:23.61; Hill, seventh, 1:26.68; Yalenzian, ninth, 1:32.49; Saxby, 10th, 1:34.97; Carr, 11th, 1:39.97; Bean, 14th, 1:43.83; and Ianuzzi, 18th, 2:06.20.
For the boys, the Eagles placed seven skiers in the top nine to take team honors with 392 points. Kingswood was second with 377 points, and Lebanon took third with 365 points.
For the boys' team, senior Marcus Clancy and freshman Connor Glavin led the field in first and second place," Zengilowski said. "Sean Maloney and Dylan West rounded out our scoring finishers in fourth and fifth, respectively."
Individually, Clancy had the two fastest runs of the day (23.74 and 23.84) for a combined time of 47.58. He was joined on the podium by Glavin, second, 47.96, while Kingswood's Matt Ridings was third in 48.70.
Other Kennett finishers were Maloney, fourth, 48.86; West, fifth, 49.06; Dennis Morgan, sixth, 49.63; Jonathon Brooks, seventh, 50.12; Jamie Kelemen, ninth, 50.69; Alex Nemeth, 12th, 52.05; Basil Goodwin, 19th, 55.52; Julian Brochu, 29th, 1:09.86; and Chase Lee, 31st, 1:14.89.
The Kennett boys swept the top six spots in the slalom to post a perfect score of 394. Kingswood was second with 372 points, and Lebanon was third with 369.
"For the afternoon slalom, Connor led the way with Dylan and Chase Lee about a second off the pace in second and third, respectively," Zengilowski said. "Our boys had eight of the top 10 spots in the slalom in what has been a strong start to their season."
Glavin had the fastest two runs of the afternoon in 33.08 and 33.62 to win the race in a combined time of 1:06.70. He was joined on the podium by teammates West and Lee, who was second and third, respectively, in 1:07.63 and 1:07.68.
Other Eagles to finish included Clancy, fourth, 1:09.68; Maloney, fifth, 1:11.59; Brooks, sixth, 1:11.06; Morgan, eighth, 1:15.96; Nemeth, ninth, 1:16.06; and Brochu, 27th, 2:26.09.
"We had a great day and will be looking forward to racing Plymouth, in addition to Kingswood and Gorham next Friday back at Cranmore," Zengilowski said.
Race time on Friday begins at 9:30 a.m. with giant slalom and to be followed by slalom in the afternoon.