MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – With three top-10 alpine finishes and a third-place finish in the women’s 3x5K freestyle relay on Saturday, the University of New Hampshire finished in fourth place overall with 697.5 points at the Middlebury Carnival.
The Wildcats, who were also in fourth place after the first day of competition, followed behind Dartmouth College (881.5 points), University of Vermont (866) and Middlebury College (834).
In the women’s Nordic competition at Rikert Touring Center, UNH’s combination of Sarah Wright (Wyoming, Minn.), Marlijne Cook (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) and Katie Miller (Lenox, Mass.) finished third overall in the 3x5K free relay with a time of 50 minutes, 59.2 seconds. Wright skied the first leg and recorded a mark of 16:59.7. She was followed by Cook, who skied the fastest of the three legs at 16:52.8, and Miller in 17:06.7.
In the men’s alpine competition at Middlebury Snow Bowl, Sean McNamara (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.), who took third place in Friday’s slalom, finished in third place Saturday in the giant slalom. He completed the first run in 1:01.79 and was timed in 1:00.81 in the second run for an overall mark of 2:02.60.
Michael Cremeno (Pembroke, N.H.) finished just .28 behind McNamara (2:02.88) to finish in sixth place with individual runs of 1:01.68 and 1:01.20. Ethan Weibrecht (Lake Placid, N.Y.) completed the team scoring in 21st place at 2:05.34.
UNH’s other top-10 effort in the alpine was turned in by Aileen Farrell (Ottawa, Ontario) in seventh place in the women’s giant slalom. Farrell, who placed ninth in the slalom at this carnival, skied to times of 1:04.22 and 1:04.12 for an aggregate time of 2:08.34.
Two other Wildcats finished in the top 15. Veronique Archambault-Leger (Verdun, Quebec) recorded the second-best ‘Cat finish in 11th place overall at 2:08.78. Cynthia Tessier (Rawdon, Quebec) completed the team scoring in 15th place with a mark of 2:09.42.
Back at Rikert Touring Center, meanwhile, the men’s trio of Dylan McGuffin (Concord, N.H.), Michael Lessard (Greene, Maine) and Steve Bedard (Cheshire, Mass.) raced to sixth place in the 3x5K free relay. McGuffin completed his leg in 14:12.5 and Lessard was timed in 14:12.0 – the fastest of the ‘Cats – in the middle leg. Bedard recorded a mark of 14:31.8 for a team total of 42:56.4.
New Hampshire concludes the EISA portion of the 2009 schedule next weekend at the Eastern Championships, which are hosted by Colby College. Sugarloaf /USA will be the site of the alpine races and the Nordic competition will be held at Sugarloaf Outdoor Center.