STOWE, Vt. – Liz Guiney (Park City, Utah) raced to 10th place in the women's 10K freestyle Nordic race to spearhead a team third-place finish, and the University of New Hampshire skiing team finished fourth overall at the Vermont Winter Carnival, which concluded Sunday.
The Wildcats totaled 698 points, while race-winner Dartmouth claimed 916 points. Runner-up Vermont scored 735 points, just ahead of third-place Middlebury (729 points).
Guiney crossed the finish line in 29 minutes, 43.7 seconds, to collect 26 points. Elizabeth Izzo (Lake Placid, N.Y.) took 16th place in 30:07.0 for 27 points, and Annika Taylor (Truckee, Calif.) was just .05 seconds behind Izzo, settling for 17th place and 26 points. The Wildcats' 86 points finished behind UVM (130) and Dartmouth (128).
Dan Guiney (Park City, Utah), Liz's brother, registered the top finish among UNH men's Nordic skiers in the 10K free by placing 23rd in 26:19.3 for 22 points. Johnny Springer (Jackson, Wyo.) finished in 32nd place for 17 points and Erik Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) tied for 34th place in 26:37.7 to earn 14.5 points. New Hampshire finished seventh with 53.5 points in a race won by Dartmouth (113 points).
UNH returns to action at the Dartmouth Winter Carnival on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10-11, with alpine races scheduled for Dartmouth Skiway in Lyme Center, N.H., and Nordic races taking place at Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vt. For more information on the UNH ski team, visit www.unhwildats.com or www.unhskiing.com.