CONWAY — Four Kennett High athletes — Ashton Coleman, Eva Drummond, Connor Glavin and Dylan West — suited up for New Hampshire to compete in the Eastern High School Alpine Championships at Attitash in Bartlett on March 8-10.
Fryeburg Academy’s Brooke Juneau qualified for the championships but did not race.
The event, hosted by the Mount Washington Valley Ski Team, brought together the fastest high school ski racers from 12 states, including as far away as Wisconsin for slalom and GS racing.
Michigan took overall team honors for the boys and girls combined with 758 points, while Massachusetts and New Hampshire rounded out the top 3 with 911 and 1,090 points.
“The Kennett kids at the Eastern High Schools skied great,” said Laurel Zengilowski, the head ski coach at Kennett High.
The Michigan girls took team honors with 288 points, followed by Massachusetts, 441; N.H.; 456; N.Y., 649; Wisconsin, 847; Vermont, 1,020; Connecticut, 1,113; Maine, 1,339; New Jersey, 1,342; Pennsylvania, 2,102; and Maryland/Virginia, 2,260.
The Mass. boys edged Michigan, 470-485 for the title for the boys, followed by Vermont, 532; Wisconsin, 562; N.H., 634; Maine, 744; Connecticut, 961; Maryland/Virginia, 1,177; Pennsylvania, 1,203; N.Y., 1,540; N.J., 1,906.
In GS for the boys, in a field 128 racers, Vermont’s Blake Green, who had the fastest first run (1:05.22), narrowly edged Glavin, who had the fastest second run (1:04.65) for top honors in 2:10.10 to 2:10.29.
Wisconsin’s Nicholas Ronnie rounded out the podium in third in 2:10.59.
West was 25th overall in 2:13.76.
For the girls, Lena Sauter of Vermont posted the fastest two runs (1:03.90 and 1:07.02) to win in a combined time of 2:10.92.
Michigan’s Kaylee Richardson and Kaitlin Devir of New Jersey rounded out the podium in second and third, respectively, in 2:12.57 and 2:12.78.
Coleman was the top Kennett finisher, placing 12th overall in the 119-skier field in 2:16.33. She was the top girl from the Granite State.
Teammate Eva Drummond was 26th in 2:17.82. She was the seventh New Hampshire skier to finish.
In slalom for the girls, there was a rare tie for the top of the podium with Olivia Weymouth of Michigan and Sauter finishing with identical 1:24.91 times. Souter had the fastest first run (43.44), while Weymouth posted the fastest second run (41.08).
Wisconsin’s Alyssa Cunningham closed out the podium in third in 1:26.23.
Drummond led the Eagles, finishing 15th overall in 1:29.78. She was the second Granite Stater.
Coleman was 32nd in 1:32.09. She was the fifth N.H. finisher.
For the boys, top slalom honors went to Michigan’s Aaron Grzelak, who had the fastest first run (44.24) to win in 1:28.72. Rex Rubinstein of Vermont had the fastest second run (44.35) to finish second in 1:29.52, while Wisconsin’s Samuel Spencer was third in 1:29.54.
Glavin, the fastest N.H. finisher, was sixth overall in 1:30.13, while West who had the seventh fastest first run had a hiccup on his second run to finish 60th in 1:39.15.
Overall final rankings for the boys, which was based on results from to runs of slalom and two runs of GS, had Grzelak on top with 21 points (third in the first run of slalom, second in the second, ninth in the first run of GS and seventh in the second run), while Glavin was second with 26 points (10th in the first run of slalom, seventh in the second run, sixth in the first run of GS and first in the second).
Jason Denoncourt of Mass. was third with 27 points (fifth in the first run of slalom, eighth in the second run, second in the first run of GS and 12th in the second).
West, who was the third N.H. boy overall, was 23rd with 151 points (24th in the first run of slalom, 30th in the second run, seventh in the first run of GS and 90 in the second).
For the girls, Sauter took top overall honors with 5 points (first in the first run of slalom, second in the second run, first in the first run of GS and first in the second).
Weymouth was second with 10 points (second in the first run of slalom, first in the second run, third in the first run of GS and fourth in the second), while Julia Waal of Mass., was third with 27 points (15th in the first run of slalom, fifth in the second run, fourth in the first run of GS and third in the second).
Drummond, who was the third N.H. skier overall, was 17th with 86 points (11th in the first run of slalom, 24th in the second run, 28th in the first run of GS and 23rd in the second).
Coleman was one spot behind in 18th with 92 points (24th in the first run of slalom, 38th in the second run, 11th in the first run of GS and 10th in the second).