|Anya Caldwell Bean|
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – Anya Caldwell Bean (Wolfeboro, N.H.) notched a career-best second-place finish in the women's 15K freestyle Nordic race to lead the University of New Hampshire ski team to a team victory in that race and third place overall to highlight the opening day of the St. Lawrence Carnival on Friday.
Bean crossed the finish line in 41 minutes, 34.5 seconds –just 7.1 seconds behind race winner Anja Gruber of Vermont- to register 50 points. UNH's senior co-captain was followed by teammates Annika Taylor (Truckee, Calif., third place, 41:41.5, 60 points) and Elizabeth Izzo (Lake Placid, N.Y., fourth place, 41:58.0, 50 points), who also notched EISA career-best placements. The 'Cats, who are competing without two-time NCAA Championship competitor and U23 U.S. National Team skier Liz Guiney (Park City, Utah), totaled 132 points to defeat UVM (116).
The Wildcats took ninth place (52 points) in the men's 20K free; Erik Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) led the men's Nordic contingent by finishing in 51:06.9 for 26th place (23 points). Johnny Springer (Jackson, Wyo.) collected 34th place in 51:40.6 for 17 points, and Sam Reed (Keene, N.H.) compiled 12 points courtesy of his 39th-place finish (52:09.2).
In alpine action at Whiteface Mountain, the UNH's men's and women's teams tied for third place in their respective giant slalom races. Catherine Blanchard (Eastman, Quebec), who placed 10th (31 points) in GS with a combined time of 2 minutes, 7.11 seconds, was the top 'Cat for the third straight race. Randa Teschner (Petawawa, Ontario) tallied a 14th-place combined time of 2:08.10 for 27 points, and St. Lawrence University transfer Caroline Barry (Pittsfield, Mass.) clocked in at 2:08.39 for 16th place (25 points). The Wildcats scored 83 points to match Bates for third place; UVM won the race with 141 points, and Dartmouth amassed 96 points for second place.
Taylor Vest-Burton (Breckenridge, Colo.) spearheaded the UNH men's alpine efforts by finishing the GS in 2:00.51 for seventh place and 35 points. Sam Coffey (Snowmass, Colo.) racked up ninth place (33 points) in 2:01.00 for his third top-10 finish in as many races this season, and Coley Oliver (Salt Lake City, Utah) placed 12th in 2:01.80 for his first 29 points of the season. New Hampshire's 97 points equaled Dartmouth for third place; Vermont (125) posted the victory, with Middlebury (121) taking second.
The St. Lawrence Carnival concludes Saturday with the men's and women's slalom races at Whiteface and the men's and women's 3K prologue freestyle Nordic races at Mt. Van Hoevenberg. For more information on the UNH ski team, visit www.unhwildcats.com or www.unhskiing.com.