– Veronique Archambault-Leger (Montreal, Quebec) earned first place in both the giant slalom and slalom races to highlight the University of New Hampshire’s fourth-place finish in the University of New Hampshire Winter Carnival, which was held Jan. 26-27; the Nordic events were held at Jackson XC while Attitash was the alpine venue.
    Dartmouth College won the UNH Carnival with a cumulative score of 784 points and was followed by University of Vermont (710 points) and Middlebury College (668) in the 12-team event. UNH, with 608 points, and Bates College (506) rounded out the top five places.
    Archambault-Leger, who won the slalom last week in her collegiate debut at St. Michael’s, recorded a two-run time of 2 minutes, 22.57 seconds to win the giant slalom on her home Attitash course on Friday. The Wildcats recorded the second-highest team score in the event with 90 points, as fellow freshmen Cynthia Tessier (Rawdon, Quebec) and Aileen Farrell (Ottawa, Ontario) finished in ninth and 11th place, respectively, in times of 2:25.54 and 2:26.02.
    The men’s alpine squad had just two skiers record points in the giant slalom, but both finished in the top 10. Senior Joe Dunn (Stockbridge, Vt.) completed his two runs in 2:18.53 to earn fourth place, while Willie Ford (Plymouth, N.H.), yet another rookie, was timed in 2:19.23 for seventh place.
    On Saturday, UNH recorded the highest team score with 98 points in the women’s slalom. UNH’s top-10 triumvirate was led by Archambault-Leger’s winning time of 1:52.85. Tessier took fourth place in 1:54.34 and was followed closely by Farrell in eighth place at 1:54.85.
    The men’s alpine squad recorded a pair of top-5 finishes in the slalom with Dunn in fourth place with a two-run combined time of 1:38.17 and Sean McNamara (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) in fifth place at 1:38.33. Ford completed the Wildcats’ scoring in 11th place at 1:39.00.
    UNH’s three point-scorers in the women’s 5K freestyle on Friday finished within 30 seconds. Sarah Wright (Wyoming, Minn.) led the Wildcat contingent by completing the Jackson XC course in 20:31.5 to finish in 15th place. Senior captain Joanna Kinsman (Fryeburg, Maine; 20:51.7) was the 19th skier to cross the finish line and was closely followed by Heather Zimmerman (Bethel, Maine) in 21st place at 20:59.8.
    Senior captain Rody Lageson (St. Paul, Minn.) was UNH’s top finisher in the 10K free at 25:30.8, which placed 21st.  Shane MacDowell (Peru, Mass.; 30th place; 26:07.7) and Erick Anderson (Maplewood, Minn.; 35th; 26:12.3) also pointed for the ‘Cats.
    Wright once again led the Nordic charge in Saturday’s women’s 10K classic race. She completed the course in 36:43.1 to take seventh place. Kinsman was the next ‘Cat across the finish line in 14th place with a time of 37:28.9 and Amanda Vincent-Lang (Anchorage, Alaska) placed 17th in 37:55.1 to edge out teammate Marlijne Cook (Saranac Lake, N.Y.; 37:57.4).
    In the men’s 10K classic, Lageson and MacDowell finished within one second of each other to take 15th and 16th place, respectively, in 31:33.1 and 31:34.0. Daniel Lewis (Jackson, Wyo.) finished 27th overall with a mark of 32:16.9.
    New Hampshire continues the carnival season next weekend (Feb. 2-3) at the University of Vermont Winter Carnival.
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