January 14, 2011

Guiney, Kullas Lead Ski Team to 3rd Place on First Day of St. Lawrence Winter Carnival

Liz Guiney

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – University of New Hampshire Nordic skiers Liz Guiney (Park City, Utah) and Tasha Kullas (Timmins, Ontario) both recorded top-10 finishes in the women's 5K classic race, helping the Wildcats ski team to a second-place run in that event and third place overall after the opening day of the St. Lawrence Winter Carnival.

UNH has amassed 358 points, trailing only the University of Vermont (548) and Dartmouth College (387) in the opening carnival of the EISA season. 

In the women's 5K classic, Guiney finished third in a time of 19:20.9, while Kullas placed 10th in a time of 19:39.3. Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine, 13th, 19:51.1) and Katie Miller (Lenox, Mass., T-16th, 20:04.6) also performed strongly, helping the Wildcats compile 104 team points.

Chad Lawrence (Hastings, Minn.) led the men's alpine team to a third-place finish in men's giant slalom by finishing seventh (2:05.04), while Taylor Burton (Breckenridge, Colo., 10th, 2:05.33), Paul Atkinson (Toronto, Ontario, 12th, 2:05.68) and Sam Coffey (Snowmass, Colo., 14th, 2:06.12) all had strong showings, allowing the Wildcats' men to tally 95 points.

The women's alpine team finished sixth in the GS, highlighted by a ninth-place run from Marie-Elaine Lepine (Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, 2:11.87) and a 12th-place showing from Krissy McNeill (Bloomington, Minn., 2:18.93), giving UNH 78 points.

Erik Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) had the best showing among Wildcat men Nordic competitors, finishing 13th in the men's 10K classic, followed by Harrison Harb (Hopkinton, N.H.), who placed 17th, Dan Guiney (Park City, Utah) and Nick Mancuso (New Paltz, N.Y.), who finished 24th and 25th, respectively. With 81 points, the Wildcats finished fifth in the event.

The St. Lawrence Carnival concludes Saturday with the men's and women's slalom events, the men's 15K free technique and the women's 10K free.

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