SUGARLOAF, Maine -- Sean McNamara (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) won the men’s slalom to lead the University of New Hampshire ski team to a fourth-place finish following Friday’s opening day of the Eastern Championships, which are being hosted by Colby College at Sugarloaf USA.
UNH amassed 352 points, including a carnival-best 120 points in the men’s slalom, to trail behind Dartmouth College (491 points), Middlebury College (369) and University of Vermont (364).
It marked the fourth individual win of the 2009 season for a UNH men’s alpine skier and first in McNamara’s highly-accomplished four-year career. McNamara was the only skier clocked in under 44 seconds – at 43.99 – to finish .84 ahead of the nearest competitor in the only slalom run.
Willie Ford (Plymouth, N.H.) completed his slalom run in 46.18 to finish sixth overall and Paul Atkinson (Toronto, Ontario) was clocked in 47.48 for eighth place.
UNH’s women’s alpine contingent placed four skiers, led by Aileen Farrell (Ottawa, Ontario) in sixth place, in the top 20. The women’s race was also limited to one run, and Farrell completed it in 44.80 for her top-10 finish. Alexandra Norden (Eaton, N.H.) was timed in 45.81 to earn 11th place and Cynthia Tessier (Rawdon, Quebec) took 14th place in 46.31. Aliza Aylward (Warren, Vt.) did not earn points for the ‘Cats despite finishing 18th overall with a time of 47.26.
Sarah Wright (Wyoming, Minn.) was the top ‘Cat in the women’s 5K classic race in 16th place overall. She completed the Sugarloaf Touring Center course in 21:53.2. Marlijne Cook (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) was the next UNH skier to cross the finish line and her mark of 21:56.4 was 19th-best overall. Anya Caldwell Bean (Wolfeboro, N.H.) rounded out the team scoring in 24th place at 22:13.5.
Dylan McGuffin (Concord, N.H.) was clocked in 34:16.0 in the men’s 10K classic and finished in 13th place overall. Andrew Morehouse (North Creek, N.Y.) recorded the 24th fastest time of 35:16.9 and was followed by Daniel Guiney (Park City, Utah) in 34th place at 36:08.3.
The Eastern Championships conclude Feb. 28 with the giant slalom and freestyle competitions.