MEN'S NORDIC WINS CLASSIC RACE IN TEAM'S 4TH-PLACE FINISH
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass
.  – Veronique Archambault-Leger (Montreal, Quebec) recorded a sweep of the women’s alpine events for the second time this season and the men’s Nordic squad recorded the highest team score in the classic sprints competition to highlight the University of New Hampshire ski team’s fourth-place finish at the Williams Winter Carnival, which was held Feb. 16-17.
    UNH, which placed fourth in all five carnivals this season, recorded a total of 687.5 points to finish behind Dartmouth College (898 points), University of Vermont (843) and Middlebury College (806.5) in the 14-team event.
    Archambault-Leger began the weekend with Friday’s giant slalom at Jiminy Peak with a first-run time of 59.50 seconds and a second run of 56.08 to record a winning time of 1:55.58. On Saturday, the freshman excelled on the slalom course and won the event with a time of 1:42.66.
    Also on Saturday, the men’s Nordic team recorded three top-10 finishes to amass 111 points in the classic sprints at Prospect Mountain. Shane MacDowell (Peru, Mass.) led the way in fourth place and was followed closely by Rody Lageson (St. Paul, Minn.) in fifth place. Andrew Morehouse (North Creek, N.Y.) took ninth place to complete the scoring. Daniel Lewis (Jackson, Wyo.) and Erick Anderson (Maplewood, Minn.) finished 14th and 20th, respectively, to give the ‘Cats five top-20 finishes.
    The women’s alpine squad was just as impressive overall with six skiers in the top 21 in the giant slalom. After Archambault-Leger, Mindy Regii (Campton, N.H.) took seventh place in 1:58.14. Cynthia Tessier (Rawdon, Quebec) rounded out the scoring in 16th place with a two-run time of 2:00.03 and she was followed closely by Eilleen Dent (Castorland, N.Y.; 19th place; 2:00.69), Aileen Farrell (Ottawa, Ontario; 20th; 2:00.75) and Ashley Ladd (Plymouth, N.H.; 21st; 2:00.95).
    In the men’s giant slalom, Randall Bloom (Norwalk, Conn.) was the top ‘Cat in 18th place with a time of 1:53.30. Spencer Cowin (Newry, Maine) recorded a strong second run to climb to 24th place overall at 1:54.21.
    The Nordic competition opened Friday with the 10K freestyle races at Prospect Mountain. Sarah Wright (Wyoming, Minn.) led the women’s charge by recording the 16th-fastest time (36:59.5) and was followed by Heather Zimmerman (Bethel, Maine) in 24th place (38:38.6). Lageson was the first UNH skier and 23rd overall across the finish line in the mens’ race with a time of 31:57.1. Anderson was next at 32:31.7 for 31st place.
    The men’s alpine team fared well in Saturday’s slalom. Willie Ford (Plymouth, N.H.) completed his two runs in 1:39.64 for sixth place and Bloom was one of six skiers who recorded a sub-52 second second run to climb into 10th place at 1:40.28. Cowin was timed in 1:42.22 for 15th place. The women couldn’t duplicate their success from the previous day, however, as Dent was the second-best Wildcat in 24th place (1:54.63).
    In Saturday’s women’s classic sprints, Marlijne Cook (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) led the ‘Cats in 10th place. The next five Wildcats finished within a 10-second span. Stephanie Bayr (Keene, N.H.) and Mandy Vincent-Lang (Anchorage, Alaska) placed 20th and 22nd, respectively, to complete the team scoring; they were followed by Wright (25th place), Zimmerman (27th) and Joanna Kinsman (Fryeburg, Maine; 30th).
    New Hampshire returns to action Feb. 23-24 at the EISA Championships held by Middlebury College at the Middlebury Snow Bowl (alpine) and Rikert Touring Center (Nordic).
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