MIDWAY, Utah – Katrin Larusson (Truckee, Calif.) registered a team-leading 18th-place finish Thursday in the women's 5K classical Nordic race at Soldier Hollow, and the University of New Hampshire skiing team moved into 12th place halfway through the 2014 NCAA Skiing Championships, hosted by the University of Utah.
Denver leads the NCAAs with 299 points, followed by Utah (248), Colorado (240.5), New Mexico (231) and Vermont (231). UNH has 59 points to rank 12th among 23 teams competing.
Larusson, the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association women's Nordic Rookie of the Year, completed the 5K classic in 14 minutes, 45.20 seconds to record 13 of New Hampshire's 14 points. Annika Taylor (Truckee, Calif.) did not finish.
Eirik Fosnaes (Hovik, Norway) tallied one point by finishing the men's 10K classic in 27:26.60 for 30th place. Per Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) crossed the line in 27:41.40 for 32nd place, and Johnny Springer (Jackson, Wyo.) placed 34th in 28:05.60.
The men's and women's slalom races take center stage Friday, March 7, at Park City Mountain Resort.
For more information on the UNH skiing program, visit www.unhwildcats.com.