HANCOCK, Mass. & WOODFORD, Vt. – The University of New Hampshire skiing team competes in the penultimate carnival of the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) season this weekend at the Williams Carnival. The alpine Wildcats attack Jiminy Peak while the Nordic 'Cats compete at Prospect Mountain.
LAST TIME OUT: UNH captured third place (710 points) at the Dartmouth Carnival (Feb. 7-8). Annika Taylor (Truckee, Calif.) commemorated her return from the British Nordic Team at the U23 World Championships by notching a pair of top-10 Nordic finishes: fourth place in the 5K freestyle and eighth in the 15K classic. On the men's Nordic side, Eirik Fosnaes (Hovik, Norway) scored a sixth-place finish in the 20K classic and a team-best 14th place in the 10K free. Coley Oliver (Salt Lake City, Utah) headlined the men's alpine efforts by placing fifth in the giant slalom and sixth in the slalom. Randa Teschner (Petawawa, Ontario) collected a couple of top-10s with third place in women's SL and eighth in GS –both scores topped all UNH skiers.
WHO'S HOT: Teschner is ranked fifth among all EISA skiers in slalom (110 points) and is No. 7 among NCAA qualifiers with a combined total of 142 points. Jay Ogle (Pittsfield, Mass.) is No. 9 on the men's NCAA qualifier list with a combined 139 points, which includes a No. 7 GS ranking (82 points). On the Nordic side, Katrin Larusson (Truckee, Calif.) is ranked fifth in women's freestyle (96 points), and Per Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) is ranked fourth in classical skiing (110 points) with an overall No. 8 combined rank, just one place behind Fosnaes.
LOOKING AHEAD: The EISA Championships take place at the Middlebury Carnival on Feb. 21-22. Alpine events are slated for the Snow Bowl, and cross-country races are scheduled for the Rikert Touring Center. The EISAs serve as the final carnival prior to the NCAA Skiing Championships (March 5-8) at the University of Utah.
The Williams Carnival begins Friday, Feb. 14, with giant slalom at Jiminy Peak and the men's/women's 3x5K freestyle races at Prospect Mountain. Saturday features the SL races and the women's 5K/men's 10K classic races. For more information on the UNH skiing program, visit www.unhwildcats.com.
Coley Oliver Photo/courtesy Gil Talbot
Annika Taylor Photo/courtesy Ian Nesbitt