STOWE, Vt. – Veronique Archambault-Leger (Verdun, Quebec) and Willie Ford (Plymouth, N.H.) both recorded a top-five finish in the alpine events to lead the University of New Hampshire ski team to a fourth-place finish at the University of Vermont Winter Carnival, which was held Feb. 1-2 at Mt. Mansfield (alpine) and Trapp Family Lodge (Nordic).
UNH finished with a total of 513 points to place behind Middlebury College (628 points), University of Vermont (624.5) and Dartmouth College (604) in the 11-team event.
Archambault-Leger recorded the top Wildcat finish on the weekend with second place in Saturday’s women’s slalom to lead UNH’s alpine squad to the second highest team total (82 points). She recorded the fastest first run with a time of 50.44 seconds and completed the second run in 51.16 for an overall time of 1:41.50. Ailleen Farrell (Ottawa, Ontario) finished just .4-of-a-second behind Archambault-Leger with runs of 51.15 and 50.84 to take fourth place. Cynthia Tessier (Ste Julienne, Quebec) rounded out the team scoring in 15th place at 1:46.10.
Ford recorded his top-five finish Friday in the giant slalom. He recorded the third-fastest time in the first run at 57.75 seconds, then completed the second run in 56.31 for an overall time of 1:54.06. Randall Bloom (Norwalk, Conn.) tallied an overall time of 1:56.81 to take 18th place.
Both Wildcat women’s squads fared well in Friday’s competition. Emily Capaul (Campton, N.H.) led the alpine team with a seventh-place finish in the giant slalom. Capaul finished her runs in 1 minute, 1.32 seconds and 59.75 seconds for an overall time of 2:01.07. Archambault-Leger was clocked in 2:02.58 to edge Farrell for 11th place; Farrell took 12th in 2:02.96. Alexandra Norden (Eaton, N.H.) also placed in the top 20 – 17th – with a mark of 2:05.17.
The Nordic team competed in the 10K classic mass start on Friday and placed three skiers in the top 20. Natasha Kullas (Timmins, Ontario) was the top ‘Cat in 10th place overall by completing the course in 35:23.5. Sarah Wright (Wyoming, Minn.) crossed the finish line in 35:41.6 to take 14th place and Marlijne Cook (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) completed UNH’s scoring in 17th place at 36:13.9.
The men’s Nordic squad also raced in the 10K classic mass start on the carnival’s opening day and the top three ‘Cats finished within 30 seconds. Steven Bedard (Cheshire, Mass.) crossed the finish line in 16th place at 30 minutes, 43.4 seconds. Michael Lessard (Greene, Maine) and Harrison Harb (Contoocook, N.H.) followed in 24th place (30:55.3) and 28th place (31:05.6), respectively.
The women’s Nordic contingent placed four skiers in the top 20 of Saturday’s freestyle sprints. Cook was the top UNH performer in seventh place (3:23.97) and was followed by Wright (12th place; 3:26.15), Kullas (16th; 3:31.32) and Heather Zimmerman (Bethel, Maine; 19th; 3:32.11). All three of New Hampshire’s point scorers in the men’s race also placed in the top 20. Rody Lageson (St. Paul, Minn.) led the way in seventh place at 2:52.58. Dylan McGuffin (Northfield, N.H.) was next in 14th place (2:54.45) and Lessard finished 18th at 2:56.08.
Back on the slopes of Mt. Mansfield, Ethan Weibrecht (Lake Placid, N.Y.) recorded UNH’s best effort with 11th place overall at 1:33.30. Bloom compiled a two-run time of 1:35.40 to finish 15th and Michael Cremeno (Pembroke, N.H.) completed the scoring in 28th place with a mark of 1:53.70.New Hampshire returns to action Feb. 8-9 at the Dartmouth Winter Carnival with the Nordic events at Oak Hill and Dartmouth Skiway as the alpine venue.