MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The University of New Hampshire men’s alpine team remained perfect on the 2009 EISA season by recording the highest team score of 123 points in Friday’s slalom at the Middlebury Carnival. The UNH ski team recorded 338.5 total points for fourth place overall after Day 1 of competition.
Dartmouth College (449.5 points) is atop the standings and is followed by University of Vermont (444) and Middlebury College.
Sean McNamara (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) led the men’s alpine contingent, which has tallied the highest team score in all nine alpine events in ’09, by finishing in second place overall. He was one of two skiers to record a sub-46 second mark in the first run at 45.84 and held on to second place with a second run of 46.72 for an aggregate time of 1:32.56.
Willie Ford (Plymouth, N.H.), who won both of last weekend’s races, placed fifth with runs of 46.30 and 47.29 for a mark of 1:33.59. Paul Atkinson (Toronto, Ontario) raced to the third-fastest time in the second run at 46.88 to climb into sixth place overall at 1:33.83.
Although they did not point in the carnival, two other ‘Cats recorded top-20 efforts with Ethan Weibrecht (Lake Placid, N.Y.) in 13th and Michael Cremeno (Pembroke, N.H.) in 16th with times of 1:35.16 and 1:35.38, respectively.
The women’s alpine contingent had the fourth-highest team score of 95.5 points in the slalom, which was held at the Middlebury Snow Bowl. Veronique Archambault-Leger (Verdun, Quebec) was the top ‘Cat and fourth overall. She completed her runs in 49.03 and 49.27 for a combined time of 1:38.30. Aileen Farrell (Ottawa, Ontario) finished in ninth place at 1:39.42 with individual runs of 49.73 and 49.69.
A trio of ‘Cats finished within .4-of-a-second to take the 24th, 26th and 27th places. Cynthia Tessier (Rawdon, Quebec) completed the team scoring in 1:42.52 and was followed by Alexandra Norden (Eaton, N.H.; 1:42.76) and Aliza Aylward (Warren, Vt.; 1:42.90).
Sarah Wright (Wyoming, Minn.) had UNH’s top Nordic performance in Friday’s classice races. She completed the women’s 10K course at the Rikert Touring Center in 33:23.5 to finish in 16th place. Katie Miller (Lenox, Mass.) crossed the finish line in 34:03.4 for 26th place and Anya Caldwell Bean (Wolfeboro, N.H.) rounded out the scoring in 31st place at 34:37.0.
Michael Lessard (Greene, Maine) was the first ‘Cat to cross the finish line in the men’s 10K classic race. He was 22nd overall with a time of 28:34.4. Dylan McGuffin (Concord, N.H.) and Andrew Morehouse (North Creek, N.Y.) finished back-to-back in 33rd and 34th place at 29:11.6 and 29:22.0, respectively.
The Middlebury Carnival concludes Saturday with the giant slalom and freestyle relay competitions.

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