HANOVER & LYME CENTER, N.H.- Zach Clayton (Manassas, Va.) took fifth place in the men's slalom, and Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) placed fourth in the women's 15K classic Nordic race to spearhead the University of New Hampshire ski team's fourth-place finish at the Dartmouth Winter Carnival on Saturday afternoon.
The University of Vermont was victorious with 1,002 points, followed by Dartmouth College (904), Middlebury College (722) and UNH, which totaled 687 points in the 12-team EISA competition.
The men's alpine team earned third place (102 points) in the SL, with Clayton posting a combined time of 1 minute, 39.32 seconds. Paul Atkinson (Toronto, Ontario) finished ninth at 1:39.61, Sam Coffey (Snowmass, Colo.) tallied a 14th-place time of 1:40.24 and Chad Lawrence (Hastings, Minn.) claimed 20th place in 1:42.56. Vermont won the SL with 138 points, followed by Middlebury (112).
Egan earned 41 points by finishing the 15K classic in 52:34.3, just 40 seconds behind race winner Caitlin Patterson of Vermont. Liz Guiney (Park City, Utah) also registered a top-10 finish, scoring 33 points in a ninth-place time of 53:16.2. Other top Wildcat performers included Katie Miller (Lenox, Mass., 18th, 27 points, 54:09.5), Anya Caldwell Bean (21st, 54:52.4) and Abby Taylor (Rochester, N.Y., 22nd, 55:04.6). UNH's team score of 101 was good for third place, behind Dartmouth (130) and Vermont (117).
Laura Rozinowicz (Toronto, Ontario) was the top 'Cat in the women's SL, notching 10th place in a combined time of 1:43.18. JoAnna Coffey (Snowmass, Colo.), Jacqueline Lebel (Truckee, Calif.) and Krissy McNeill (Bloomington, Minn.) all recorded top-20 times to help New Hampshire finish fifth with 78 points. UVM, with 129 points, won the event.
Erik Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) registered the high score for the men's Nordic team in the 20K classic, chalking up 27 points by virtue of his 18th-place time of 1 hour, 4 minutes, 19.3 seconds. Harrison Harb (Hopkinton, N.H., 27th, 20 points, 1:05:09.5) and Dan Guiney (Park City, Utah, 28th, 19 points, 1:05:13.1) also performed well for the Wildcats, who amassed 66 points to place sixth. Dartmouth won the race with 138 points.
The UNH ski team returns to action next weekend at the Middlebury College Winter Carnival on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 18 and 19. Alpine events will take place at the Snow Bowl, and Nordic races will originate from Rikert Touring Center. For more information on the UNH ski team, visit www.unhwildcats.com.