LYME CENTER, N.H. & CRAFTSBURY, Vt. - The University of New Hampshire skiing team travels to the Dartmouth Skiway and the Craftsbury Nordic Center to compete in the Dartmouth Carnival this weekend (Feb. 7-8). The giant slalom alpine races and the Nordic 5K/10K skate races are scheduled for Friday, Feb. 7, followed by the slalom and Nordic 15K/20K classic Saturday, Feb. 8.
The Wildcats finished the Vermont Carnival in 2nd place with 728 points, just behind the Catamounts, who totaled 857 points.
LAST TIME OUT: At the UVM Carnival, Eirik Fosnaes (Hovik, Norway) skied to second place to spearhead a team victory in the men's 10K freestyle Nordic race at Trapp Family Lodge, and the UNH skiing team finished in second place overall. Fosnaes placed fourth in the men's 10K free for the men's Nordic team. Katrin Larusson (Truckee, Calif.) paced the UNH women's Nordic team in the 5K free by crossing the finish line in 14:56.7 for third place. The alpine team is back in action for the first time since racing to fourth place in slalom at the UVM Carnival at Burke Mountain on Jan. 26. Randa Teschner (Petawawa, Ontario) took fourth place on the women's side, and Sam Coffey (Snowmass, Colo.) was the men's top 'Cat with an 11th-place finish.
RETURN OF TAYLOR: This weekend marks the return of women's Nordic co-captain Annika Taylor (Truckee, Calif.). Taylor has missed the first half of the EISA season while competing at the U23 World Championships for the British Nordic Ski Team. The junior is the reigning Nordic team MVP.
LAST SEASON: UNH placed fourth (707 points) at last season's Dartmouth Winter Carnival. Coffey finished eighth in the giant slalom as the Wildcat ski team notched fourth place overall. Taylor and Elizabeth Izzo (Lake Placid, N.Y.) were part of a third-place finish in the women's 3x5K freestyle relay.
LOOKING AHEAD: UNH heads to the Williams Carnival (Feb. 14-15) with alpine events at Jiminy Peak and Nordic races set for Prospect Mountain.
For the latest scoring and results, visit eisaskiing.blogspot.com.
For more information on the UNH skiing program, visit www.unhwildcats.com.
Alpine photo courtesy Dustin Satloff/Nordic photo courtesy Ian Nesbitt