Skiing in Fourth Place at EISA Championships (Day 1 of 2)

MIDDLEBURY, Vt.Coley Oliver (Salt Lake City, Utah) of the University of New Hampshire skiing team tallied a fourth-place finish in men's slalom and Eirik Fosnaes (Hovik, Norway) earned fifth place in the men's 10K classic Nordic race to propel the Wildcats to fourth place Friday in the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) Championships, hosted by Middlebury College.

With 324 points, UNH trails Vermont (492 points), Dartmouth (476) and Middlebury (337) while holding a slight lead over Colby (321) among the 15 schools competing in the two-day NCAA East Regional. 

The men's Nordic team finished third in the 10K classic at Rikert Touring Center with 92 points. Fosnaes collected 39 points in his time of 28 minutes, 41.5 seconds. Per Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) notched 30 points by finishing in 11th place (29:20.6), and Gavin Hess (Rochester, N.Y.) scored 23 points courtesy of his 21st-place time of 29:53.3. UVM won the race with 132 points.

The Wildcats scored 79 points to place fifth in the women's 5K classic. Katrin Larusson (Truckee, Calif.) led the way by finishing in 10th place (17:53.8) for 31 points. Lizzie Gill supported the effort by clocking in at 18:02.7 for 13th place (28 points), and Annika Taylor (Truckee, Calif.) registered 21st place and 20 points in 18:20.7. Dartmouth posted the victory with 127 points. 

At the Middlebury Snow Bowl, Oliver recorded a combined time of 1 minute, 37.72 seconds in men's SL to amass 42 points. Sam Coffey (Snowmass, Colo.) crossed the line in 16th place (1:38.65) for 24 points, and Jay Ogle (Pittsfield, Mass.) timed in at 1:38.88 for 20th place (21 points). New Hampshire totaled 86 points to finish fourth in the race that was captured by Vermont (124).

Katie Farrow (Toronto, Ontario) was the top 'Cat in women's slalom with a fast time of 52.18 seconds to share 17th place and 25 points. Laura Rozinowicz (Toronto, Ontario) finished in 20th place with a first-run time of 52.46 seconds for 22 points, and Celine Guilmineau (Edwards, Colo.) tallied a fast time of 53.26 seconds for 26th place (20 points). UNH compiled 67 points to place fifth in an event won by Dartmouth (129). 

The EISA Championships conclude Saturday with men's and women's giant slalom, the women's 15K freestyle skate and the men's 20K free. For more information, visit www.unhwildcats.com.

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