Oliver's Career-Best 2nd-Place Men's SL Finish Leads Skiing to Fourth at Middlebury (Day 1 of 2)

Coley Oliver (right)

MIDDLEBURY, Vt.Coley Oliver (Salt Lake City, Utah) registered a career-best second-place finish in men's slalom to highlight the University of New Hampshire skiing team's first day of racing at the Middlebury Carnival. The Wildcats, with 351 points, are in fourth place overall.

Vermont leads the way with 454 points, followed by Dartmouth (443 points) and Middlebury (385) in the fifth carnival of the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) season.

Oliver, who recorded a two-run time of 1 minute, 35.31 seconds for 47 points, missed his first collegiate victory by finishing .99 of a second behind winner Travis Dawson of UVM. Taylor Vest-Burton (Breckenridge, Colo.) finished in eighth place (1:36.09) to pick up 33 points, and Jay Ogle (Pittsfield, Mass.) accumulated 28 points courtesy of his time of 1:36.63 for 13th place. The Wildcat men's alpine team finished the SL in third place with 108 points, behind Vermont (126) and Middlebury (111).  

In women's alpine racing at Middlebury College Snow Bowl, Randa Teschner (Petawawa, Ontario) tallied a personal-best fifth-place result in SL by clocking in at 1:40.89 for 39 points. Jenna Kantor (East Burke, Vt.) finished in an 18th-place time of 1:43.52 for 24 points, and Marie-Elaine Lepine (Mont-Tremblant, Quebec) racked up 20 points (22nd place) in 1:44.23. UNH finished in fifth place in women's SL with 83 points, while Dartmouth captured the victory with 116 points.

The men's and women's Nordic teams both notched fifth-place finishes in their respective classical races at Rikert Touring Center. Annika Taylor (Truckee, Calif.) claimed top 'Cat honors in the women's 5K classic by crossing the finish line in 16 minutes, 31.5 seconds for 11th place (30 points). Liz Guiney (Park City, Utah) placed 13th in 16:42.7 for 28 points, and Elizabeth Izzo (Lake Placid, N.Y.) took 16th place (26 points) in 17:02.6.

Erik Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) finished first among Wildcat men in the 10K classic with a 16th-place time of 27:25.2 (28 points), exactly 10 seconds faster than his brother Per Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden), who collected 27 points (18th place). Sam Reed (Keene, N.H.) rounded out UNH's scoring by taking 25th place (21 points) in 27:46.8.

The Middlebury Carnival concludes Saturday, Feb. 16, with men's and women's giant slalom races, the men's 20K mass start freestyle race and the women's 15K mass start freestyle race. For more information, visit www.unhwildcats.com or www.unhskiing.com.

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