MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Kris Hopkins (North Andover, Mass.) raced to sixth place in men's giant slalom and the University of New Hampshire skiing team finished in fifth place overall at the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) Championships, which wrapped up Saturday at the Middlebury Snow Bowl and the Rikert Touring Center.
Vermont won the EISA championship with 1,013 points, followed by Dartmouth (905), Middlebury (664), Colby (641) and UNH (633); fifteen schools competed in the EISAs.
Hopkins registered a combined time of 1 minute, 56.08 seconds in his top GS race of the season; he compiled 37 of the New Hampshire men's alpine team's 84 points (fifth place). Jay Ogle (Pittsfield, Mass.) collected 26 points by virtue of his 15th-place time of 1:56.87, and Sam Coffey (Snowmass, Colo.) timed in at 1:57.22 for 20th place (21 points).
Katie Farrow (Toronto, Ontario) was the top 'Cat on the women's alpine squad with an 11th-place GS finish of 2:01.74 for 30 points. Kelly DiNapoli (Ludlow, Vt.) recorded a 19th-place time of 2:03.17 (25 points), and Celine Guilmineau (Edwards, Colo.) earned 21 points courtesy of her 23rd-place finish in 2:03.72. The Wildcats totaled 76 points to finish sixth in women's GS.
The combination of Elizabeth Izzo (Lake Placid, N.Y.) and Annika Taylor (Truckee, Calif.) highlighted the women's Nordic team's third-place performance (84 points) in the 15K freestyle mass start. Izzo took 11th place (31 points) in a time of 41 minutes, 3.3 seconds to edge Taylor, who crossed the line in 41:11.1 for 12th place (30 points). Katrin Larusson (Truckee, Calif.) clocked in at 41:58.8 for 20th place (23 points).
Eirik Fosnaes (Hovik, Norway) headlined the Wildcats' efforts in the men's 20K free MS by racing to 13th place in 45:45.6 for 31 points. Per Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) finished 29th (47:07.6) for 19 points, and Johnny Springer (Jackson, Wyo.) rounded out the scoring with 15 points (33rd place) in a time of 47:20.3. UNH finished with 65 points for sixth place.
A select number of UNH skiers will represent the Wildcats at the NCAA Skiing Championships, hosted by the University of Utah on March 5-8. For more information on the UNH skiing team, visit www.unhwildcats.com.