WATERVILLE & CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine – Per Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) notched a fourth-place finish in the men's 10K classical Nordic race to help the University of New Hampshire ski team move into fifth place after the first day of competition at the Colby Carnival.
With 304 points, UNH trails Vermont (473 points), Dartmouth (444) Colby (361) and Middlebury (329) in the second carnival of the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) season.
Lindgren totaled 50 of the Wildcats' 91 points in the men's 10K classic at Quarry Road Recreation Area by completing his run in 31 minutes, 53.2 seconds, which was exactly 19 seconds behind second-place finisher Benjamin Lustgarten of Middlebury. Eirik Fosnaes (Hovik, Norway) finished in 16th place (33:01.6) for 26 points, and Johnny Springer (Jackson, Wyo.) crossed the finish line in 33:17.5 for 24 points (19th place). New Hampshire placed third in the race that was won by UVM (102 points).
Elizabeth Izzo (Lake Placid N.Y.) took top 'Cat distinction in the women's 5K classic by virtue of her 16th-place time of 18:10.9 (26 points). Katrin Larusson (Truckee, Calif.) earned 18 points in her UNH debut by finishing in 26th place (18:34.1), and Emily Larson (Boulder, Colo.) collected 10 points in a time of 19:19.5 (45th place). Teagan Yutrzenka (Anchorage, Alaska/19:00.7) and Lizzie Gill (Bozeman, Mont./19:00.9) also had notable performances. The 'Cats finished in eighth place with 54 points.
At Sugarloaf, Laura Rozinowicz (Toronto, Ontario) set the pace for the Wildcats' women's alpine team by registering a two-run time of 2 minutes, 20.18 seconds in the giant slalom for sixth place (37 points). Jenna Kantor (East Burke, Vt.) also produced a top-10 finish with a combined time of 2:21.16 for eighth place (33 points), but no other Wildcats tallied points, leaving UNH sixth (70 points).
The men's alpine team, led by a 10th-place finish (2:12.29/30 points) from Coley Oliver (Salt Lake City, Utah) amassed 89 points for fourth place in GS. Kris Hopkins (North Andover, Mass.) placed 12th (28 points) in 2:12.87, and Geoff Bonewald (New London, N.H.) finished in 25th place (2:16.04) for 15 points, which edged teammate Jay Ogle (Pittsfield, Mass.) by 0.21 seconds.
The Colby Carnival continues Saturday with the women's 15K and men's 20K skate mass start Nordic races and the slalom races taking center stage on the alpine circuit. For more information on the UNH skiing team, visit www.unhwildcats.com.