Wildcat Skiers Place 4th at Bates Winter Carnival

Liz Guiney

NEWRY & RUMFORD, MaineLiz Guiney (Park City, Utah) took seventh place in the women's 10K classic Nordic race, propelling the University of New Hampshire ski team to third place in that race and fourth place overall at the Bates Carnival on Saturday afternoon. The Wildcats finished behind Vermont, Dartmouth and Middlebury in the season-opening EISA weekend. 

UNH accumulated 644 points, with UVM (1,004) claiming the decisive victory over runner-up Dartmouth (837) and third-place Middlebury (699). 


Guiney clocked a time of 32 minutes, 07.7 seconds for 37 points, helping lead the women's Nordic team to 92 team points. Annika Taylor (Truckee, Calif.) earned 12th place and 30 points in a time of 33:07.2, and Elizabeth Izzo (Lake Placid, N.Y.) registered 25 points on the strength of a 21st-place time of 33:28.1. Vermont (132) and Dartmouth (128) took the top two places, respectively.

The men's Nordic team rode the brother tandem of Per Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) and Erik Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) to fifth place in the men's 10K classic. In his first weekend of collegiate EISA competition, Per tallied a team-high 29 points for 14th place in 27:47.4. Erik, the men's Nordic team captain, came in 17th place for 28 points, and Sam Reed (Keene, N.H.) collected 24 points for 23rd place (28:16.7) in his UNH debut weekend. The Wildcats scored 81 points, while Dartmouth collected 130 points to win the team competition.

Marie-Elaine Lepine (Mont-Tremblant, Quebec) capped a productive opening weekend of alpine skiing by taking 10th place in the women's slalom in a combined time of 1 minute, 48.60 seconds. Unfortunately, her 30 points were the only ones earned by Wildcat skiers in the race that was won by Williams (110).

The men's alpine team, however, recorded 94 team points to notch third place in the SL. Coley Oliver (Salt Lake City, Utah) was the top 'Cat, taking fifth place and 39 points in 1:47.77. Taylor Vest-Burton (Breckenridge, Colo.) accumulated 31 points with an 11th-place run of 1:49.37, and Sam Coffey (Snowmass, Colo.) earned 24 points by finishing in 18th place (1:51.08). UVM won the race with an impressive 141 points.

The Wildcats will serve as the host school for the UNH Winter Carnival on Friday, Jan. 27, and Saturday, Jan. 28. Alpine racing will take place at Attitash and Nordic racing is slated for the Jackson Ski Touring Center. For more information, visit www.unhwildcats.com or www.unhskiing.com.
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