|Anya Caldwell Bean, Annika Taylor|
CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine – Annika Taylor (Truckee, Calif.) and Anya Caldwell Bean (Wolfeboro, N.H.) finished first and second, respectively, in Sunday's women's 15K freestyle race to spearhead a team victory, and the University of New Hampshire skiing team finished third overall at the Colby Carnival.
UNH tallied 786 points to finish behind carnival winner Vermont (962 points) and runner-up Dartmouth (845).
The Wildcat women's Nordic team has won the first four races of the EISA season, with Taylor's first career individual victory following on the heels of her second-place finish in Saturday's 5K classic. The sophomore crossed the finish line in 43 minutes, 57.9 seconds before Bean, the senior co-captain, lunged to the finish line at 44:02.3, just 0.3 seconds ahead of UVM's Anja Gruber. Elizabeth Izzo (Lake Placid, N.Y.) finished seventh in 44:38.1, as the 'Cats totaled 132 points to better the Catamounts (105).
Taylor's win just one week after Izzo captured the championship in the 3K prologue at the St. Lawrence Carnival gave UNH individual victories in back-to-back carnivals. Prior to this stretch, the last time a Wildcat won an EISA Nordic race was Kate Underwood's 10K free victory at the Williams Carnival in February 2004.
UNH's Per Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) registered the top finish in the men's 20K free in an 18th-place time of 48:57.4. Johnny Springer (Jackson, Wyo.) took 22nd place in 49:49.5, and Erik Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) finished 26th in 50:08.7. The Wildcats finished fifth with 70 points in a race won by the UVM (126).
The Nordic portion of the Vermont Carnival takes place Feb. 2-3 at Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vt. UNH is in second place with 394 points following the two alpine races, which occurred Jan. 11-12 at Mt. Mansfield. For more information on the UNH skiing team, visit www.unhwildcats.com or www.unhskiing.com.