KINGFIELD, Maine -- Sarah Wright (Wyoming, Minn.) finished sixth overall in Saturday’s women’s 15K mass start freestyle race to highlight the University of New Hampshire ski team’s effort in the second day of action at the Eastern Championships, which are being held by Colby College.
UNH, which was in fourth place following Friday’s slalom and classic competitions, is tied for fourth place with Colby at 489 points. Dartmouth College (755 points) is in first place and is followed by Middlebury College (582) and University of Vermont (560). Hazardous ski conditions postponed the giant slalom runs until Sunday.
Wright completed the Sugarloaf Touring Center course in 48 minutes, 39.4 seconds to earn sixth place and lead the UNH women’s Nordic squad to the fourth highest team score (83 points). Marlijne Cook (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) was the next Wildcat skier to cross the finish line, and her time of 50:43.6 was the 19th-fastest overall. Katie Miller (Lenox, Mass.) recorded a time of 51:01.1 to take 21st place.
Anya Caldwell Bean (Wolfeboro, N.H.) and Danielle Baron (Gilford, N.H.) were close behind in 24th and 28th place, respectively.
Dylan McGuffin (Concord, N.H.) was the top ‘Cat in the men’s 20K mass start free race. He crossed the finish line with a time of 56:32.5 to record the 17th fastest time overall. Andrew Morehouse (North Creek, N.Y.) took 27th place with a mark of 57:38.1 and Shane MacDowell (Peru, Mass.), in a time of 58:18.3, led a quartet of UNH skiers who finished 37th-40th. Daniel Guiney (Park City, Utah), Michael Lessard (Greene, Maine) and Erick Anderson (Maplewood, Minn.) followed MacDowell across the finish line.