STOWE, Vt.  – Michael Cremeno (Pembroke, N.H.), Willie Ford (Plymouth, N.H.) and Sean McNamara (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) finished 2-3-4 in the men’s giant slalom to lead the University of New Hampshire ski team to first place after one day of competition at the UVM Winter Carnival, which continues Saturday and Sunday.

For the third time in as many weeks, the men’s alpine squad recorded the highest team score in the giant slalom with 131 points. The women’s alpine contingent tallied the second-highest team score of 106 to give UNH an overall mark of 237 points.

The University of Vermont (210 points), Dartmouth College (204), Middlebury College (187.5) and Williams College (167) round out the top five.

Cremeno, who matched his personal-best effort with the second-place finish, raced down the Mt. Mansfield course with the only sub-58-second second run with a time of 57.76 to finish with an overall mark of 1:56.26.

Ford recorded the second-best second run in 58.04 to vault into third place with an aggregate time of 1:56.38. McNamara had the second-fastest first run of 57.96 and completed the second run in 58.57 for a total of 1:56.53.

Although he did not score for the ‘Cats, Ethan Weibrecht (Lake Placid, N.Y.) also placed in the top 20 with the 16th-fastest overall time of 1:58.42.

The UNH women’s team also had a pair of top-5 finishers with Veronique Archambault-Leger (Verdun, Quebec) in third place and Aileen Farrell (Ottawa, Ontario) in fourth, just .03-of-a-second behind her teammate.

Archambault-Leger completed her runs in 1:00.78 and 1:00.17 for an overall time of 2:00.95. Farrell’s first run was slightly faster at 1:00.70, but she was edged in the second run with a mark of 1:00.28 for her composite time of 2:00.98.

Aliza Aylward (Waitsfield, Vt.) completed the team scoring in 21st place with a mark of 2:02.47.

The alpine competition concludes Saturday with the slalom races, whereas the Nordic competition gets underway with the women’s 5K freestyle and men’s 10K free.

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