HANCOCK, Mass. & WOODFORD, Vt. – Eirik Fosnaes (Hovik, Norway) of the University of New Hampshire Nordic skiing team finished third in the men's 10K classical race as the Wildcats placed sixth overall at the Williams Carnival, which concluded Saturday at Prospect Mountain (Nordic) and Jiminy Peak (slalom).
UNH scored 536 points in the 15-team Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) carnival that was won by Vermont, which secured team victories in five of the six races for 970 points. Dartmouth finished a distant second with 834 points, followed by Middlebury (640), Colby (588) and Williams (587).
Fosnaes registered his top classic finish of the season, compiling 44 of New Hampshire's 69 team points (seventh place) in a time of 29 minutes, 19.0 seconds. Gavin Hess (Rochester, N.Y.) finished in 38th place (32:21.9) for 13 points, and Rion O'Grady (Sherborn, Mass.) collected 12 points by placing 40th (32:28.1).
The Wildcats finished fifth in the women's 5K classic with 74 points. Annika Taylor (Truckee, Calif) spearheaded the effort by crossing the finish line in 17:14.6 for 12th place and 28 points. Katrin Larusson (Truckee, Calif.), who was just 0.9 seconds off Taylor's pace, finished in 14th place (17:15.5) for 26 points. Lizzie Gill (Bozeman, Mont.) finished 23rd (17:35.0) to earn 20 points.
Coley Oliver (Salt Lake City, Utah) was the top 'Cat on the alpine side; the junior clocked in at 1 minute, 44.63 seconds to finish eighth (33 points) in men's giant slalom. Geoff Bonewald (New London, N.H.) notched 14th place in 1:45.75 for 27 points, and Sam Coffey (Snowmass, Colo.) raced to 30th place (1:48.52/13 points) as New Hampshire took fourth place (73 points) in men's GS.
The Wildcat women's alpine team accrued 72 points for sixth place in GS. Katie Farrow (Toronto, Ontario) checked in at 1:47.80 for 11th place (29 points), Laura Rozinowicz (Toronto, Ontario) recorded 22 points by placing 19th in 1:49.08, and Kelly DiNapoli (Ludlow, Vt.) finished in 1:49.49 for 21st place (21 points).
The Middlebury Carnival represents the EISA Championships and the NCAA East Regional on Feb. 21-22. Friday kicks off with slalom races at Snow Bowl and the women's 5K/men's 10K classic Nordic races at Rikert Touring Center. For more information on the UNH skiing team, visit www.unhwildcats.com.
Photo courtesy of Ian Nesbitt