NEWRY & RUMFORD, Maine– Coley Oliver (Salt Lake City, Utah) finished fourth in the men's slalom race, and Randa Teschner (Petawawa, Ontario) took fourth place in the women's slalom Saturday to help the University of New Hampshire skiing team rally to third place in the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) Championships, hosted by Bates College.
The Wildcats totaled 690 points to edge Middlebury College by one point in the final standings; Vermont won the EISAs for the third straight year with an impressive 939.5 points, followed by Dartmouth (908.5 points).
Oliver, who registered his third top-5 slalom result of the season, spearheaded the UNH men's alpine team's runner-up finish in SL at Sunday River by timing in at 1 minute, 59.57 seconds for 41 points. Taylor Vest-Burton (Breckenridge, Colo.) followed up his fourth-place run in Friday's giant slalom race by tallying sixth place in SL, his season-high slalom finish, in 2:00.12 (37 points). Sam Coffey (Snowmass, Colo.) earned his fourth top-10 SL placement of the year in 2:00.23 for seventh place (35 points). The Wildcats amassed 113 points to finish second to UVM (124).
Teschner's two-run time of 2:02.73 gave her a season-best 41 slalom points and her third top-5 finish in two weeks. Marie-Elaine Lepine (Mont-Tremblant, Quebec) finished in 2:05.68 for 17th place (23 points), and Celine Guilmineau (Edwards, Colo.) racked up 19 points in a time of 2:06.49 for 23rd place. UNH compiled 83 points to finish in fourth place, while Vermont made it a slalom sweep by posting 127 points.
Liz Guiney (Park City, Utah) led the way for New Hampshire in Nordic racing at Black Mountain courtesy of her sixth-place finish in the women's 10K freestyle mass start. Guiney totaled 37 points in 28 minutes, 58.6 seconds to earn top 'Cat honors in her final EISA carnival. Anya Caldwell Bean (Wolfeboro, N.H.) capped her EISA career with a ninth-place run of 29:10.8 for 33 points, and Elizabeth Izzo (Lake Placid, N.Y.) crossed the finish line in 29:53.7 for 14th place (27 points). The Wildcats accumulated 97 points to tie Middlebury for third place; the Catamounts (126) and the Big Green (120) claimed the top two spots.
The Wildcat men's Nordic team finished 20th in the 15K free MS with 43 points. Erik Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) accounted for 18 points by finishing in 29th place (39:57.9). Per Lindgren secured 33rd place (14 points) in 40:13.6, and Sam Reed (Keene, N.H.) rounded out the scoring with 11 points (37th place, 40:33.0). Dartmouth won the event with 132 points.
In the next few days UNH will learn which of its skiers will land a spot on the EISA All-East Teams and determine which Wildcat student-athletes will represent the program in the 2013 NCAA Men's and Women's Skiing Championships, which are being hosted by Middlebury College from March 6-9. For more information, visit www.unhwildcats.com or www.unhskiing.com.