HANOVER & LYME CENTER, N.H. – Willie Ford (Plymouth, N.H.) completed a weekend sweep of the men’s alpine events at the Dartmouth Carnival with a first-place finish in Saturday’s slalom competition, and that highlighted the University of New Hampshire ski team’s fourth-place finish.
The UNH men’s alpine squad recorded the highest team score in the slalom – the Wildcats have been atop the alpine races all eight EISA races this season – with 129 points. New Hampshire finished with 713.5 points overall to finish behind Dartmouth College (921 points), Middlebury College (842) and University of Vermont (779).
Ford, who skied to first place in Friday’s giant slalom, raced to his third victory of the season Saturday at Dartmouth Skiway. His second-run time of 48.10 seconds was the fastest of the day and vaulted him into first place overall with a mark of 1:33.62.
Sean McNamara (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) and Paul Atkinson (Toronto, Ontario) also recorded top-10 finishes. McNamara was ahead of Ford with a first-run time of 45.43 and he finished third overall with an aggregate time of 1:34.29. Atkinson took seventh place with runs of 46.47 and 48.83 for a total time of 1:35.30.
Ethan Weibrecht (Lake Placid, N.Y.; 19th place; 1:36.69) and Michael Cremeno (Pembroke, N.H.; 21st; 1:37.04) also turned in strong performances.
Aileen Farrell (Ottawa, Ontario) recorded her second top-10 finish in as many days to lead the women’s alpine contingent, which compiles 84 points for fourth place. Farrell’s overall time of 1:40.91 was comprised of individual runs of 50.27 and 50.64. Cynthia Tessier (Rawdon, Quebec) was the second-best ‘Cat and 15th overall at 1:42.59 and Emily Capaul (Campton, N.H.) took 19th place in 1:44.22 to complete UNH’s scoring. Veronique Archambault-Leger (Verdun, Quebec) had an impressive 49.60 first run but finished 21st overall in 1:44.75.
In Nordic competition, Sarah Wright (Wyoming, Minn.) skied to an eighth-place finish with a time of 31:03.7 in the women’s 10K freestyle race at Dartmouth Outing Club. Marlijne Cook (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) completed the course in 31:51.9 to take 15th place and Katie Miller (Lenox, Mass.) was the 30th skier to cross the finish line with her mark of 32:48.3.
Dylan McGuffin (Concord, N.H.) led the men’s Nordic team in the 15K free in 11th place overall with a time of 38:30.0. Steven Bedard (Cheshire, Mass.) crossed the finish line in 39:16 for 18th place and Harrison Harb (Contoocook, N.H.) completed the team scoring in 29th place at 40:00.8.
UNH returns to action Feb. 20-21 at the Middlebury Carnival. The alpine events will be held at Snow Bowl while the Nordic skiers will be competing at Rikert Touring Center.