BARTLETT & JACKSON, N.H. – Per Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) registered a career-best, third-place finish Friday in the men's 10K classic race at Jackson Ski Touring Center to help the University of New Hampshire skiing move into fourth place through the first day of racing action at the UNH Carnival.
UNH, which has amassed 359 points, trails Vermont (497 points), Dartmouth (420) and Middlebury (374) with one day of racing remaining in the third carnival of the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) season.
Lindgren, who tallied 44 points, finished in 25 minutes, 32 seconds, which was 34.8 seconds behind race-winner Jorgen Grav of UVM. Johnny Springer (Jackson, Wyo.) crossed the finish line in 26:15.0 for 14th place (29 points), and Eirik Fosnaes (Hovik, Norway) secured 26 points by placing 18th. The Wildcats totaled 99 points to finish third, behind Vermont (130 points) and Dartmouth (117).
Katrin Larusson (Truckee, Calif.) paced the women's Nordic team in the 5K classic with a 10th-place time of 15:05.1 for 30 points. Lizzie Gill (Bozeman, Mont.) finished in 13th place (15:09.8) for 27 points, and Elizabeth Izzo (Lake Placid, N.Y.) picked up 21 points with a 20th-place time of 15:22.3. With 78 points, the Wildcats finished fourth in a race captured by Dartmouth (114).
At Attitash, Jay Ogle (Pittsfield, Mass.) finished fifth in men's giant slalom in a time of 2 minutes, 20.55 seconds to register a UNH alpine team-leading 39 points. Kris Hopkins (North Andover, Mass.) also produced a top-10 result by claiming ninth place (31 points) in 2:21.48, and Geoff Bonewald (New London, N.H.) clocked in at 2:22.42 for 12th place (28 points). The 'Cats finished third (98 points), behind UVM (124) and Middlebury (122).
A trio of freshmen guided the New Hampshire women's alpine team to fourth place (84 points) in GS. Katie Farrow (Toronto, Ontario) was the top 'Cat with an eighth-place finish (33 points) of 2:28.75. Kelly DiNapoli (Ludlow, Vt.) notched 15th place and 25 points in 2:30.13, and Morgan Klein (Oregon, Wis.) earned 13 points and 18th place in 2:30.50. The Catamounts took the top team score in women's GS with 135 points.
The UNH Carnival continues Saturday with the women's 10K freestyle mass start and the men's 15K MS Nordic races at Jackson, and the men's and women's slalom races take place at Cannon Mountain in Franconia. For more information on the UNH ski team, visit www.unhwildcats.com.
Per Lindgren Photo/courtesy Ian Nesbitt