Taylor's Return Ignites Skiing to Third Place at Dartmouth Carnival (Day 1 of 2)

LYME CENTER, N.H. & CRAFTSBURY, Vt.Annika Taylor (Truckee, Calif.) claimed fourth place Friday in the women's 5K freestyle Nordic race to spearhead a team second-place finish in that race, and the University of New Hampshire skiing team moved into third place overall on the opening day of the Dartmouth Carnival. 

UNH has compiled 338 team points to sit behind first-place Vermont (512 points) and second-place Dartmouth (445) among the 16 teams competing in the fourth carnival of the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) season.

Taylor, who was making her season debut for the Wildcats upon returning from the U23 World Championships earlier this week, completed the 5K free at Craftsbury Nordic Center in 15 minutes, 9.8 seconds for 41 points. Katrin Larusson (Truckee, Calif.) took seventh place in 15:26.9 for 35 points, and Claire Galvin (Minneapolis, Minn.) earned 11th place in 15:38.4 for 29 points. New Hampshire's 105 points finished behind Vermont (141), while Dartmouth (95) placed third.

The UNH men's Nordic team skated to fourth place (69 points) in the 10K free. Eirik Fosnaes (Hovik, Norway) topped the Wildcats' contingent by finishing in 14th place (27:22.3) for 28 points. Johnny Springer (Jackson, Wyo.) received 23 points by tallying a 22nd-place result (27:36.4), and Per Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) finished 25th (21 points) in a time of 27:40.5. Dartmouth finished in first place (132 points) in the men's 10K free.

At Dartmouth Skiway, the UNH men's alpine team registered a pair of top-10 finishes in giant slalom. Coley Oliver (Salt Lake City, Utah) led the way by recording a combined time of 2 minutes, 3.38 seconds for fifth place (39 points). Jay Ogle (Pittsfield, Mass.) crossed the line in 2:04.37 for 10th place (30 points), and Sam Coffey (Snowmass, Colo.) notched 19 points by finishing 22nd (2:06.45). New Hampshire totaled 88 points to finish fourth in men's GS; Middlebury won the race with 111 points.

Randa Teschner (Petawawa, Ontario) headlined the Wildcat women's alpine efforts in GS by clocking in at 2:08.40 for eighth place and 33 points. Teschner's effort was complemented by a 21st-place finish from Laura Rozinowicz (Toronto, Ontario) in a time of 2:10.01 (23 points), and Celine Guilmineau (Edwards, Colo.) picked up 20 points by virtue of a 27th-place finish (2:10.95). UNH finished fifth (76 points) in a race won by UVM (136).

The Dartmouth Carnival concludes Saturday, Feb. 8, with alpine's slalom races at Dartmouth Skiway and the women's 15K/men's 20K classic races at Craftsbury Nordic Center.

For the latest scoring and results, visit eisaskiing.blogspot.com.

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

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