Bartlet and Jackson, N.H. – Willie Ford (Plymouth, N.H.), Sean McNamara (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) and Michael Cremeno (Pembroke, N.H.) raced to a 1-2-3 finish in the men’s giant slalom to lead the University of New Hampshire ski team to first place after Friday’s day of competition at the UNH Carnival.
Dartmouth College (461) is in second place, followed by Williams College (361), University of Vermont (348) and Middlebury College (327.5).
It was the first career victory for Ford, who completed his first run in 1 minute, 8.39 seconds and then recorded a time of 1:09.32 in the second run to capture first place with an overall mark of 2:17.71 on Attitash’s giant slalom course. McNamara raced to times of 1:09.21 and 1:09.38 for an aggregate time of 2:18.59 and Cremeno finished in 2:18.96 overall with runs of 1:09.24 and 1:09.72.
Ethan Weibrecht (Lake Placid, N.Y.; 17th; 2:20.60) and Zach Clayton (Manassa, Va.; 20th; 2:21.05) did not point for the ‘Cats despite finishing in the top 20 overall.
New Hampshire’s women’s alpine team was nearly as dominant in the giant slalom with a quartet of skiers in the top 15 overall. Aileen Farrell (Ottawa, Ontario) led the charge in second place with runs of 1:12.18 and 1:13.55 for an overall mark of 2:25.73. Cynthia Tessier (Ste Julienne, Quebec) was just .03-of-a-second behind her teammate to finish third with runs of 1:12.66 and 1:13.10. Aliza Aylward (Waitsfield, Vt.) rounded out the team scoring in ninth place by completing the two runs in 2:27.60. Alex Norden (Eaton, N.H.) placed 15th in 2:28.60.
Natasha Kullas (Timmins, Ontario) led the women’s Nordic contingent with a third-place finish in the classic sprints at Jackson Ski Touring Center. Marlijne Cook (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) and Sarah Wright (Wyoming, Minn.) also placed in the top 10 at seventh and eighth, respectively. Stephanie Bayr (Keene, N.H.) and Danielle Baron (Gilford, N.H.) did not score for the ‘Cats but had strong races to finish 15th and 18th, respectively.
Steven Bedard (Cheshire, Mass.) had the top overall Nordic performance for New Hampshire by finishing in second place in the men’s classic sprints. Shane MacDowell (Peru, Mass.) recorded the 15th-best effort and Dylan McGuffin (Northfield, N.H.) was 22nd overall to complete the team scoring.
University of New Hampshire Carnival concludes Jan. 31 with the slalom at Attitash and the freestyle races at Jackson Ski Touring Center.