PINKHAM NOTCH, N.H. – Both Dan Guiney (Park City, Utah) and Marlijne Cook (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) of the University of New Hampshire ski team raced to victory at the Atomic Sprints at Great Glen, which opened the New England race season Dec. 6 on Geepers Loop at Great Glen Trails.
In the four-man final, Guiney edged out fellow Wildcat Steven Bedard (Cheshire, Mass.) as well as Bam Tarling of Burke Mountain Academy and Sam Evans-Brown of Bates College. Guiney and Bedard advanced to the final race by finishing first or second in a qualifying heat and then they survived through subsequent heats by winning each race until only the quartet was remaining for the final race.
Cook, who finished as runner-up in last year’s race, was first to cross the finish line in the women’s final. UNH’s Kathryn Walsh (Stillwater, Minn.) also advanced to the final race and finished fourth behind Cook, Kristen Gill (Bates College) and Alex Jospe (Alpina). The UNH duo advanced to the final race through the same format as the men.
New Hampshire, which finished 11th at the 2008 NCAA Ski Championships, begins the 2009 EISA carnival season Jan. 23 at the Bates Winter Carnival.