HANOVER, N.H.  Veronique Archambault-Leger (Montreal, Quebec), Cynthia Tessier (Rawdon, Quebec) and Eilleen Dent (Castorland, N.Y.) all finished in the top 10 of Friday’s women’s slalom competition to lead the Wildcats to second place in the event and the University of New Hampshire ski team to a fourth-place finish overall at the Dartmouth Winter Carnival, which was held Feb. 9-10.

            UNH amassed a total of 561 points to place behind Dartmouth College (756 points), University of Vermont (729) and Middlebury College (670) in the 12-team event.

            Archambault-Leger raced to a third-place finish in Friday’s women’s slalom with a two-run time of 1 minute, 40.14 seconds on the Dartmouth Skiway course. Tessier completed her runs in 1:40.40 to place fifth and Dent completed the team scoring in ninth place at 1:41.76. Mindy Regii (Campton, N.H.) did not score but had an impressive 15th-place finish at 1:43.67.

            Archambault-Leger and Tessier once again placed in the top 10 in Saturday’s slalom. The former took fourth place with an aggregate time of 1:46.16 while the latter finished eighth in 1:47.39. Ashley Ladd (Plymouth, N.H.) rounded out UNH’s scoring – the third best team score on the day – in 13th place at 1:48.46 and Dent gave the ‘Cats four top-20 finishers with her time of 1:50.33 for 17th place.

            The men’s alpine squad placed three skiers in the top 20 of Friday’s slalom. Willie Ford (Plymouth, N.H.) was timed in 1:42.08 to place 12th overall and edge teammate Spencer Cowin (Newry, Maine) by six-hundreths of a second. Randall Bloom (Norwalk, Maine) recorded UNH’s third-fastest time of 1:43.85 to earn 20th place.

            The women’s Nordic team also had three top-20 finishers in Friday’s 15K mass start classic race at the Trapp Touring Center. Marlijne Cook (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) led the way in 10th place with a time of 54:43.6. The ‘Cats then took back-to-back places with Sarah Wright (Wyoming, Minn.) and Mandy Vincent-Lang (Anchorage, Alaska) in 18th and 19th, respectively. Wright crossed the finish line in 56:34.0, just 1.5 seconds ahead of Vincent-Lang.

            Rody Lageson (St. Paul, Minn.) was the top UNH skier in Friday’s men’s 20K mass start classic race at 20th place (1:06:28.1). Daniel Lewis (Jackson, Wyo.) and Erick Anderson (Maplewood, Minn.) completed the scoring in 23rd (1:07:01.5) and 31st (1:07:56.0), respectively.

            The men’s alpine team also returned to compete in the slalom on Saturday. Sean McNamara (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) was the top ‘Cat in fourth place with a combined time of 1:36.68. Ford also earned a top-10 finish – in 10th place – with a time of 1:38.11. James MacMahon (Unity, N.H.) completed his runs in 1:39.22 for 15th place.

            The Nordic teams returned to action Saturday for free relay races. In the women’s 3x5K event, the trio of Cook, Joanna Kinsman (Fryeburg, Maine) and Vincent-Lang took 10th place at 49:48.2. The men’s combination of Shane MacDowell (Peru, Mass.), Andrew Morehouse (North Creek, N.Y.) and Collin Rymer (Bend, Ore.) finished 13th in the 3x10K relay at 1:26:15.8.

            New Hampshire returns to action Feb. 16-17 at the Williams Winter Carnival, which is the last regular-season carnival of the 2007 season. Jiminy Peak will be the site for the alpine competition while Prospect Mountain Nordic Ski Center will serve as the Nordic venue.
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