RUMFORD, Maine – Junior co-captain Liz Guiney (Park City, Utah) led a select group of University of New Hampshire Nordic skiers that competed in the 2012 U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships at the Chisholm Ski Club on Black Mountain from Jan. 3-6. Guiney was the Wildcats' top representative in the women's 1.4K freestyle sprint and the 20K classical mass start.
On Tuesday, Jan. 3, Guiney notched 22nd place in the women's 1.4K freestyle with a time of 3 minutes, 15.16 seconds. Kelsey Hoar (Shaftsbury, Vt.) finished in 3:24.26 for 59th place, while Annika Taylor (Truckee, Calif./3:24.26) and Elizabeth Izzo (Lake Placid, N.Y./3:24.50) also saw action in the race. On the men's side, Johnny Springer (Jackson, Wyo.) headlined the Wildcats competing in the 1.3K freestyle with a 51st-place finish of 3:19.73. Andrew Clemence (Falmouth, Maine), UNH's Nordic MVP as a senior last season, compiled a time of 3:22.74, and 2012 Nordic co-captain Tom Reagan (Freeport, Maine) clocked a time of 3:26.74.
On Thursday, Jan. 5, Clemence tallied a time of 33:18.80 in the men's 15K freestyle, with Springer notching the best time (34:13.90) among current Wildcats and Sam Reed (Keene, N.H.) rounding out the New Hampshire participants in a time of 34:52.60.
Guiney went back to work Friday, Jan. 6, by finishing 24th in the women's 20K classical mass start in a time of 1 hour, 11 minutes, 21.9 seconds. UNH Nordic co-captain Danielle Baron (Gilford, N.H.) claimed 42nd place in 1:15:42.3, Anne Miller (Whitefish, Mont./1:17.00.7) notched 46th place, one spot ahead of Hoar (1:18:25.5). In the women's 5K classical, Tristan Ramey (Anchorage, Alaska) raced to a 40th-place time of 15:57.5 to secure top Cat honors, followed by Taylor (16:05.4/50th) and Izzo (16:22.1/60th).
Reed enjoyed the finest run among UNH participants in Friday's men's 10K classical, tallying a 29th-place finish of 29:30.8. Springer (29:45.7/41st) and Will Meyer (Bozeman, Mont./33:05.9) also saw action in that event.
UNH embarks on the beginning of its 2012 EISA ski season Jan. 20-21 at the Bates Winter Carnival with alpine races originating from Sunday River and Nordic racing taking place at Black Mountain. For more information, visit www.unhwildcats.com or www.unhskiing.com.