January 21, 2011

Kullas Guides Ski Team to 4th Place on Opening Day of Colby College Winter Carnival

CARRABASSETT VALLEY/WEST FARMINGTON, Maine – The University of New Hampshire women's Nordic team scored a second-place finish in the 10K classic, and the men's alpine skiing team finished second in the giant slalom, as the Wildcats placed fourth overall after the first day of the Colby College Winter Carnival on Friday.

UNH, with 310 points, trails the University of Vermont (517), Dartmouth College (425) and Middlebury College (330) in the second EISA winter carnival of the season after four events, with four more events on tap for Saturday.

The Wildcats women's Nordic team featured two of the top five individual finishers, and four of the top 10, in the 10K classic at Titcomb Ski Area. Tasha Kullas (Timmins, Ontario) was the top 'Cat, posting 41 points by completing her run in 41 minutes, 4.0 seconds. Just behind her was Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine), who compiled 39 points (41:06.1) for fifth. Liz Guiney (Park City, Utah, 41:56.6) and Anya Caldwell Bean (Wolfeboro, N.H., 41:58.7) finished ninth and 10th, respectively. With 111 points, UNH finished runner-up to Vermont (141).

Sam Coffey (Snowmass, Colo.) was the top Wildcat finisher in the men's GS at Sugarloaf Mountain, earning 40 points with a time of 2 minutes, 6.67 seconds, good for fifth place. Chad Lawrence (Hastings, Minn.) took ninth with a time of 2:06.92 (29 points), and Paul Atkinson (Toronto, Ontario) just missed out on a top-10 performance, settling for 11th (2:07.28, 24 points). As a team, UNH totaled 97 points, behind only Vermont (132).

Steven Bedard
In the men's 10K classic, Steven Bedard (Cheshire, Mass.) garnered top UNH honors with a 16th place finish (28 points, 33:03.6), while Andrew Clemence (Falmouth, Maine, 23rd place, 23 points, 33:40.7) and Dan Guiney (Park City, Utah, 24th place, 22 points, 33:43.0) also placed in the top 25. The Wildcats placed fifth overall (73 points), with Dartmouth (135) capturing the event.

Marie-Elaine Lepine (Mont-Tremblant, Quebec) highlighted UNH's performance in the women's GS with a 12th-place finish at 2:13.81 for 22 points. The Wildcats scored 29 points for a 10th-place finish.

The Colby Carnival concludes on Saturday with the men's and women's slalom alpine races at Sugarloaf and 3x5K freestyle relays in Nordic events at Titcomb. For all the latest UNH ski team news and results, CLICK HERE.

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