RIPTON, Vt. – Annika Taylor (Truckee, Calif.) raced to a 22nd-place finish in the women's 5K classic Nordic race Thursday at Rikert Touring Center to lead the University of New Hampshire skiing team on day two of the NCAA Skiing Championships, hosted by Middlebury College.
The Wildcats, who were in fourth place following Wednesday's giant slalom alpine races, slipped to eighth place with 228.5 points. Vermont leads the NCAAs with 389 points, ahead of second-place Colorado (368.5 points) and Utah (350).
Taylor was the top 'Cat, completing the women's 5K classic in 16 minutes, 39.2 seconds for 18 points. Senior Anya Caldwell Bean (Wolfeboro, N.H.) finished in 29th place in a time of 16:47.4 for 11 points, and senior Liz Guiney (Park City, Utah) amassed seven points in a 33rd-place time of 17:05.3. The Wildcats finished in 11th place with 36 points, while Dartmouth and Colorado shared the top spot with 102 points apiece.
On the men's side, senior Per Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) finished the 10K classic in a time of 27 minutes, 44.5 seconds for 26th place (14 points), and sophomore Erik Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) followed right behind in 27th place (27:49.1) for 13 points. The Wildcats finished in 12th place with 27 points in a race captured by Alaska Anchorage (108 points).
Alpine racing returns to center stage at Middlebury Snow Bowl in Hancock, Vt., on Friday, March 8, with the women's slalom (9:30 a.m.) and men's slalom (10:15 a.m.). The NCAAs wrap up Saturday, March 9, at Rikert Touring Center with the Nordic women's 15K freestyle mass start (10 a.m.) and the men's 20K free MS at 12 p.m.
For more information on the UNH skiing team, visit www.unhwildcats.com.
Photos courtesy Cory Ransom/EISA Skiing