Women's Nordic's Third Straight Win Leads Skiing to Third Place at Colby Carnival (Day 2 of 3)

Annika Taylor

CARRABASSETT VALLEY & WATERVILLE, MaineAnnika Taylor (Truckee, Calif.) finished second in the 5K classic race to lead the women's Nordic team to its third straight race victory to begin the EISA season, and the University of New Hampshire skiing team is in third place following Saturday's second day of action at the Colby Carnival.

UNH, with 584 points, trails Vermont (731 points) and Dartmouth (627), with Middlebury (540.5) currently in fourth place. 

The Wildcats, who won the 15K freestyle and the 3K prologue at last weekend's St. Lawrence Carnival, made it a perfect three-for-three in women's Nordic racing this year by totaling 115 points to edge Dartmouth (112 points) and UVM (109) in Saturday's 5K classic at Quarry Road Recreation Area. Taylor earned 47 points by virtue of her runner-up time of 17 minutes, 43.1 seconds –just 9.6 seconds behind winner Anja Gruber of Vermont. Anya Caldwell Bean (Wolfeboro, N.H.) finished seventh in 18:09.9 for 35 points, and Elizabeth Izzo (Lake Placid, N.Y.) followed up her 3K prologue victory on her home course last week with an eighth-place time of 18:12.5 for 33 points.

New Hampshire's men's Nordic team finished in fourth place in the 10K classic with 91 points. Per Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) was the top 'Cat with a finishing-time of 25:57.7 for seventh place (35 points). Erik Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) placed 10th in 26:08.3 (31 points), and Sam Reed (Keene, N.H.) crossed the finish line in 26:36.6 for 18th place (25 points). 

At Sugarloaf, Catherine Blanchard (Eastman, Quebec) recorded her sixth consecutive top-10 finish in women's alpine skiing by clocking in at 1 minute, 31.86 seconds for seventh place (35 points). Marie-Elaine Lepine (Mont-Tremblant, Quebec) made it back-to-back top-10s with a combined time of 1:32.16 for ninth place (31 points), and Jenna Kantor (East Burke, Vt.) took 17th place in 1:33.58 (25 points) to give UNH fourth place in SL. 

The Wildcat men's alpine team also tallied fourth place in SL, headlined by a sixth straight top-10 showing from Sam Coffey (Snowmass, Colo.). Coffey finished seventh in 1:26.90 to lead UNH's efforts. Taylor Vest-Burton (Breckenridge, Colo.) placed 13th in 1:27.22, and Geoff Bonewald (New London, N.H.) racked up a time of 1:28.09 for a 17th-place tie. 

The Colby Carnival concludes Sunday with the women's 15K freestyle and men's 20K freestyle Nordic races. For more information on the UNH skiing team, visit www.unhwildcats.com or www.unhskiing.com.

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