|Jenna Kantor (left), Randa Teschner (center)|
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Randa Teschner (Petawawa, Ontario) raced to victory in the women's giant slalom Saturday to ignite a team first-place finish in that discipline, and the University of New Hampshire skiing team finished in fourth place overall at the Middlebury Carnival.
UNH totaled 734 points in finishing behind carnival-winner Vermont (933 points), Dartmouth (859) and Middlebury (766) in the fifth event of the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) season.
At the Middlebury College Snow Bowl, Teschner clocked in at a combined time of 2 minutes, 10.08 seconds to register 50 of the Wildcats' 131 points in the women's GS triumph. Jenna Kantor (East Burke, Vt.) notched third place in 2:10.60 for 44 points, and Catherine Blanchard (Eastman, Quebec) accounted for the squad's remaining 37 points by finishing in sixth place (2:11.11).
Sam Coffey (Snowmass, Colo.) was alpine's top 'Cat on the men's side with a sixth-place time of 2:03.50 (37 points) in the GS, followed by Coley Oliver (Salt Lake City, Utah/2:03.79, 33 points) and Taylor Vest-Burton (Breckenridge, Colo./2:03.83, 30 points). New Hampshire's 100 points finished behind UVM (136) and Middlebury (116) for third place.
UNH's women's Nordic team finished third in the 15K mass start freestyle at Rikert Touring Center, headlined by Anya Caldwell Bean (Wolfeboro, N.H.), who posted team-best time of 41 minutes, 49.0 seconds for 10th place (31 points). Liz Guiney (Park City, Utah) crossed the finish line just behind Bean for 11th place (30 points) in 41:50.2, while Elizabeth Izzo (Lake Placid, N.Y.) recorded a 15th-place time of 42:39.4 for 27 points. The Wildcats amassed 88 points, which placed behind UVM (130) and Dartmouth (124).
Erik Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) was the top performer for the men's Nordic team in the 20K mass start free courtesy of his 19th-place finish of 48:34.4 (26 points). Sam Reed (Keene, N.H.) racked up 24 points by placing 21st (48:39.9), and Johnny Springer (Jackson, Wyo.) earned 14 points by finishing in 35th place (50:17.6). With 64 points, the 'Cats finished seventh in a race won by Vermont (126).
The UNH skiing team competes in the EISA Championships, hosted by Bates College, on Feb. 22-23. Alpine events will be held at Sunday River in Newry, Maine, and the Nordic races are scheduled for Black Mountain in Rumford, Maine. For more information, visit www.unhwildcats.com or www.unhskiing.com.