February 13, 2010

ALPINE SQUAD TAKES 3RD PLACE IN BOTH GIANT SLALOM AT DARTMOUTH CARNIVAL; SKI TEAM FINISHES IN 4TH PLACE

AILEEN FARRELL
WILLIE FORD

HANOVER, N.H. and STOWE, Vt.Aileen Farrell (Ottawa, Ontario) and Willie Ford (Plymouth, N.H.) recorded top-five finishes in the giant slalom on Saturday and the University of New Hampshire ski team completed the two-day Dartmouth Carnival in fourth place.

UNH compiled 680 total points – the men’s and women’s alpine squads both recorded the third-highest team score in the giant slalom -- to place behind Dartmouth College (929 points), University of Vermont (877.5) and Middlebury College (743) in the 13-team event.

Farrell was the top Wildcat finisher on Saturday with a third-place effort in the women’s giant slalom at Dartmouth Skiway. She raced to a time of 58.12 seconds in the first run and climbed into third place by recording the fastest time (53.73) in the second run for an overall mark of 1:51.85.

Veronique Archambault-Leger
(Verdun, Quebec) edged teammate Catherine Blanchard (Eastman, Quebec) for 12th place. Archambault-Leger completed her individual runs in 58.33 and 54.48 for an aggregate time of 1:52.81. Blanchard finished in 14th place with a mark of 1:53.06 that was comprised of runs of 58.77 and 54.29.

Ford was timed in 55.52 in his first run and 52.67 in the second for an overall time of 1:48.19. Michael Cremeno (Pembroke, N.H) and Taylor Burton (Breckenridge, Colo.) finished in 10th and 11th place, respectively. Cremeno was clocked in 55.94 and 52.70 for a mark of 1:48.64 while Burton’s two-run time of 1:48.67 was a combination of 56.08 and 52.59.

Three other Wildcats earned NCAA qualifier points. Paul Atkinson (Toronto, Ontario) took 13th place in 1:48.86 and was followed by Zach Clayton (Manassa, Va.) in 19th place at 1:49.73 and Viktor Hlas (Winnipeg, Manitoba) in 22nd place at 1:50.29.

The UNH women’s Nordic squad finished sixth in the 3x5K freestyle relay that was held at Trapp Family Lodge. Natasha Kullas (Timmins, Ontario) completed her leg in 15:37.8 while Liz Guiney (Park City, Utah) was timed in 15:42.1 and Anya Caldwell Bean (Wolfeboro, N.H.) in 16:15.0 for an overall mark of 47:34.9.

The Wildcats placed eighth in the men’s 3x5K free relay with a time of 40:51.7. Dylan McGuffin (Northfield, N.H.) skated the fastest leg in 13:08.2, followed by Michael Lessard (Greene, Maine) in 13:37.4 and Harrison Harb (Contoocook, N.H.) in 14:06,1.

New Hampshire returns to action Feb. 19-20 at the Williams Carnival. The alpine races will be held at Jiminy Peak and Prospect will be the site of the Nordic competition.

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