Guiney, Taylor Lead Ski Team on opening day of UNH Winter Carnival

JACKSON, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire ski team is tied for fourth place following the first day of competition at the UNH Winter Carnival. Liz Guiney (Park City, Utah) and Annika Taylor (Truckee, Calif.) finished 10th and 11th, respectively, in the women's classic sprints Friday at Jackson XC to propel the women's Nordic team to third place in that race.

The Wildcats, with 132 team points, are deadlocked with Bates College for fourth place. Dartmouth (274 points) holds the lead over Vermont (219) with Middlebury (171) currently residing in third place.

Guiney, a Nordic team co-captain, clocked a combined time of 4 minutes, 22.58 seconds to post 33 points. She has been the top 'Cat in the first three women's Nordic races of the EISA season. Taylor tallied 31 points through a combined time of 4:25.05, and Tristan Ramey (Anchorage, Alaska) earned 19 points by placing 30th (4:32.86). UNH's 83 team points were bettered only by race-winner Dartmouth (133) and UVM (125).

Per Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) paced the men's Nordic efforts in the classic sprints by recording 24 points and 17th place in 3:45.19. Dan Guiney (Park City, Utah) picked up 16 points (28th place) in 3:48.64, and Erik Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) notched nine points (44th place, 3:51.68) as New Hampshire totaled 49 points to finish in eighth place. Dartmouth (141) took the top spot.

The men's and women's giant slalom alpine races scheduled for Friday at Attitash were postponed due to inclement weather.

The UNH Carnival continues Saturday featuring men's and women's alpine slalom races at Attitash, while Nordic events at Jackson XC include the women's 15K and men's 20K freestyle races. For more information on the UNH ski team, visit www.unhwildcats.com or www.unhskiing.com.

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