Lepine's fifth-place finish leads skiing to second place at Colby Carnival (Day 1 of 3)

Marie-Elaine Lepine

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, MaineMarie-Elaine Lepine (Mont-Tremblant, Quebec) took fifth place in Friday's women's giant slalom race to lead a trio of top-10 finishes among University of New Hampshire alpine skiers as the Wildcats skiing team grabbed second place overall after the first of three days of EISA racing at the Colby Carnival.

With 201.5 points, UNH trails Vermont, which won both the women's and men's giant slalom races to compile 241 points. Middlebury College is in third place with 186.5 points.

The Wildcat women's alpine team finished second in the GS with a team total of 105 points, just four behind UVM. Lepine's combined time of 1 minute, 47.17 seconds racked up 39 points. Jenna Kantor (East Burke, Vt.) clocked in at 1:47.50 for seventh place (35 points), and Catherine Blanchard (Eastman, Quebec) notched ninth place (31 points) in 1:47.84.

UNH's men's alpine team finished in third place with 96.5 points, behind Vermont's 132 point-effort and Middlebury's 113.5. Coley Oliver (Salt Lake City, Utah) was the top 'Cat by virtue of his seventh-place time of 1:42.19 for 37 points. Sam Coffey (Snowmass, Colo.) finished just .35 seconds behind Oliver for eighth place (35 points), while Jay Ogle (Pittsfield, Mass.) shared 18th place in 1:43.55 for 24.5 points.

The Colby Carnival continues Saturday, Jan. 26, with the men's and women's slalom races at Sugarloaf and the men's 10K classic and women's 5K classic Nordic races at Quarry Road Recreation Area in Waterville, Maine. For more information on the UNH ski team, visit www.unhwildcats.com or www.unhskiing.com.

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