Oliver, Hopkins Help Skiing Rally to Third at UNH Carnival (Day 2 of 2)

Coley Oliver

FRANCONIA & JACKSON, N.H. – Coley Oliver (Salt Lake City, Utah) and Kris Hopkins (North Andover, Mass.) raced to fifth and sixth place in men's slalom Saturday to help the University of New Hampshire skiing team rally for a third-place finish at the UNH Carnival.

UNH, which was in fourth place following Friday's action, totaled 710 points to finish behind Vermont (953 points) and Dartmouth (870). Middlebury settled for fourth place with 697 points.

At Cannon Mountain, Oliver registered a two-run combined time of 1 minute, 30.21 seconds for 39 points. Hopkins crossed the finish line in 1:31.12 for 37 points, and Sam Coffey (Snowmass, Colo.) tallied 26 points by virtue of his 14th-place time of 1:32.21. With 102 SL points, the Wildcats men's alpine team finished behind Vermont (138) and Middlebury (107).

Randa Teschner (Petawawa, Ontario) raced to fourth place in women's SL for the second straight weekend; the sophomore posted a combined time of a 1:35.19 for 41 points to headline the women's alpine efforts. Morgan Klein (Oregon, Wis.) finished in 12th place (1:38.80/28 points), and Kelly DiNapoli (Ludlow, Vt.) picked up 17 points by finishing in 1:44.25 (27th place). UNH (86 points) finished fourth in a race won by UVM (133).

At Jackson Ski Touring Center, Elizabeth Izzo (Lake Placid, N.Y.) was the Wildcat Nordic pace-setter in the women's 15K freestyle mass start with an eighth-place finish of 43 minutes, 26.1 seconds (33 points). Katrin Larusson (Truckee, Calif.) placed 14th in 44:25.0 for 28 points, and Lizzie Gill (Bozeman, Mont.) amassed 22 points in a time of 44:48.2 (23rd place). With a team total of 83 points, UNH finished fourth in a race won by Dartmouth (127 points).

Eirik Fosnaes led the UNH Nordic team in the men's 20K free MS by finishing in 10th place (50:05.6/31 points). Per Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) clocked in at 50:28.3 for 13th place (29 points), and Johnny Springer (Jackson, Wyo.) compiled 21 points by placing 23rd (51:28.0). New Hampshire's 81 points were enough for fourth place; Dartmouth made it two-for-two in Nordic events with an event-winning 132 points.

The continuation of the Vermont Carnival is next on the schedule for the UNH skiing team. The alpine squad, which finished third in giant slalom Jan. 10, competes in the slalom Sunday, Jan. 26, at Burke Mountain. The Nordic team ventures to Trapp Family Lodge for men's/women's classic sprint races (Saturday, Feb. 1) and the women's 5K/men's 10K skate races (Sunday, Feb. 2).

For more information on the UNH skiing team, visit www.unhwildcats.com.

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