Guiney Takes Third in U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships Junior 5K Freestyle

RUMFORD, Maine – University of New Hampshire sophomore Liz Guiney (Park City, Utah) headlined Wildcat performances at the 2011 U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships, held Jan. 2-8 at Chisholm Ski Club, by finishing third in the junior girls 5K freestyle, earning a spot as the first alternate for the U.S. National Team at the upcoming World Junior Championships. 

Tasha Kullas  
UNH senior Tasha Kullas (Timmins, Ontario) finished second in the U-23 women's classic sprint heats Jan. 2, while senior Katie Miller (Lenox, Mass.) took eighth in the same competition. Kullas placed eighth, graduate student Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) took 12th and Miller finished 19th among collegiate competitors in the women's 10K classic sprint Jan. 5.

On the men's side, former UNH All-American Dylan McGuffin (Northfield, N.H.) finished 21st in the men's freestyle sprint qualifier Jan. 8, and current Wildcat senior Steven Bedard (Cheshire, Mass.) placed 58th overall.

Bedard was the top finisher among UNH skiers in the men's 15K classic on Jan. 5, earning 39 points. Junior Dan Guiney (Park City, Utah/26 points) and senior Andrew Clemence (Falmouth, Maine/24 points) also took part in that event.

UNH finished fourth in the team 10K classic with 133 points and 11th overall.

The Wildcats ski team begins the 2011 EISA carnival season this weekend (Jan. 14-15) at the St. Lawrence Carnival in Lake Placid, N.Y., with Nordic competition at Mt. Van Hoevenberg and alpine racing taking place at Whiteface Mountain.

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