CREMENO TAKES 11TH PLACE IN GIANT SLALOM; SKI TEAM 8TH PLACE AFTER DAY 1 AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

MICHAEL CREMENO

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo.Michael Cremeno (Pembroke, N.H.) of the University of New Hampshire ski team finished 11th in the men's giant slalom during Day 1 of the 2010 NCAA Skiing Championships, which were held Wednesday at Howelsen Hill.

UNH compiled 57 points in the women's giant slalom and 47 points in the men's giant slalom for a total of 104 points, a total that puts the Wildcats in eighth place overall.

Cremeno completed his first run in 54.97 seconds to sit in 11th place and was timed in 55.42 in the second run for an overall time of 1:50.39, which was 11th-fastest on the day — just one position out of All-America status (top 10). He finished .09 of a second behind a pair of skiers that tied for 9th place.

Marie-Elaine Lepine (Mont-Tremblant, Quebec) recorded the second-best effort by a UNH Wildcat. She raced to a time of 56.52 in the second run – it was the ninth-fastest time in run two – to climb from 24th place (1:01.69) to 15th with an overall time of 1:58.21.

Veronique Archambault-Leger (Verdun, Quebec) also completed run 2 of the women's giant slalom in 56.52 to vault from 27th place to 22nd with an aggregate time of 1:58.73. Aileen Farrell (Ottawa, Ontario) finished her runs in 1:01.63 and 57.60 to take 26th place with a combined time of 1:59.23.

On the men's side Willie Ford (Plymouth, N.H.) was 30th and Paul Atkinson (Toronto, Ontario) finished 32nd. Ford, in 19th place following the first run with a mark of 55.72, was timed in 1:05.19 in run two for a total of 2:00.91. Atkinson's total of 2:09.70 was comprised of individual runs of 1:12.85 and 56.85.

The NCAA Skiing Championships continue Thursday with the women's 5K classic and men's 10K classic Nordic races at Howelsen Hill. The alpine events conclude Friday with the men's and women's slalom competition, and the NCAAs conclude Saturday with the women's 15K freestyle and men's 20K free.

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