JACKSON, N.H.Willie Ford (Plymouth, N.H) finished third and Sean McNamara (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) fifth in the slalom to lead the University of New Hampshire men’s alpine squad to first place in that event and the UNH ski team to second place overall at the UNH Carnival, which was held Jan. 30-31.

New Hampshire, in first place after the first day of competition, amassed a total of 834 points to finish behind only Dartmouth College (901 points). It marked the first time in more than a dozen years that the Wildcats led after one day of a carnival as well as their highest overall finish in that span.

Ford was Friday’s individual champion of the giant slalom and followed that with third place in Saturday’s slalom at Attitash to spearhead the Wildcats’ 103-point effort. He completed his runs in 43.45 seconds and 46.75 for an overall time of 1:30.18, which was just .26 behind the winner. McNamara, the runner-up in the GS, recorded an overall time of 1:30.68 in the slalom to finish fifth. Ethan Weibrecht (Lake Placid, N.Y.) completed UNH’s scoring in 20th place at 1:32.27.

The women’s alpine contingent tallied 106 points in the slalom for the second-highest team score. Aileen Farrell (Ottawa, Ontario) recorded her second top-10 finish in as many days by placing eighth with an aggregate time of 1:40.02. Veronique Archambault-Leger (Verdun, Quebec) skied the first run in 47.12 and the second in 51.85 for a total mark of 1:38.97, which was the third-fastest effort of the day. Cynthia Tessier (Rawdon, Quebec) had an overall mark of 1:40.61 to earn 11th place. Aliza Aylward (Warren, Vt; 12th; 140:69) and Alex Norden (Eaton, N.H.; 15th; 1:40.96) did not score despite finishing in the top 15 overall.

New Hampshire’s women’s Nordic squad tallied 92 points for the fourth highest score. Sarah Wright (Wyoming, Minn.), who finished eighth in Friday’s classic sprints, raced to another top-10 finish in Saturday’s 10K freestyle competition. Wright completed the Jackson Ski Touring Center course in 30:39.4 to claim seventh place. Katie Miller (Lenox, Mass.) crossed the finish line in 21:22.6 for 12th place and teammate Marlijne Cook (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) was next to cross the finish line with a time of 21:24.6 Natasha Kullas (Timmins, Ontario) completed a cluster of ‘Cats in 14th place at 31:28.5.

The men’s Nordic team also had a tight group that finished 21st, 25th and 26th overall. Steven Bedard (Cheshire, Mass.) was the first UNH skier across the finish line with a mark of 26:16.9. Dylan McGuffin (Concord, N.H.) edged Daniel Guiney (Park City, Utah) by the smallest of margins – one-tenth-of-a-second – by completing the course in 26:27.0.

New Hampshire returns to EISA carnival action Feb. 6-7 at the University of Vermont. Stowe is the site of the alpine races while the Trapp Family Lodge will be the host of the Nordic competitions.


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