STOWE, Vt. – Eirik Fosnaes (Hovik, Norway) skied to second place to spearhead a team victory in the men's 10K freestyle Nordic race, and the University of New Hampshire skiing team finished in second place overall at the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association's Vermont Carnival, which concluded Sunday at Trapp Family Lodge.
UNH totaled 728 points to place behind Vermont (857) in the 16-team carnival. Middlebury College (672) took third place followed by Dartmouth (635), which did not compete in Sunday's two races after Saturday's untimely death of its 20-year-old men's cross-country skier Torin Tucker.
Fosnaes completed the men's 10K free in 25 minutes, 5.1 seconds to earn 47 points while finishing runner-up to Vermont's Jorgen Grav. Johnny Springer (Jackson, Wyo.) took eighth place in 26:29.7 (33 points), and Per Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) made it three Top-10 placements for the Wildcats with a 10th-place time of 26:38.7 (30 points). With 110 points, the 'Cats outdistanced Williams College (99) and UVM (98) for their first team win of the season.
Katrin Larusson (Truckee, Calif.) paced the UNH women's Nordic team in the 5K free by crossing the finish line in 14:56.7 for third place and 44 points. Elizabeth Izzo (Lake Placid, N.Y.) notched 12th place in 15:16.7 for 28 points, and Emily Larson (Boulder, Colo.) placed 17th (15:24.5) for 23 points. New Hampshire compiled 95 points to finish third, behind UVM (108) and Middlebury (101).
The Wildcats compete at the Dartmouth Carnival on Friday, Feb. 7, and Saturday, Feb. 8. Alpine races are scheduled for Dartmouth Skiway and Nordic races are set for the Craftsbury Nordic Center. For more information on the UNH skiing program, visit www.unhwildcats.com.