HANOVER, N.H. — For the first time in eight years, Dartmouth won its home carnival, scoring 1,019 points to beat Vermont by 99, ending the Catamounts’ seven-year reign in convincing fashion. Freshman Katharine Ogden won the women’s 5K Freestyle, taking the gold on both days, to lead five Big Green skiers on the podium today as Dartmouth won three of the four events today and six of the eight over the weekend.
The predicted rain did not arrive until the day concluded, leaving the skiing conditions in excellent shape, even with the temperature nearing 40. Ogden had no trouble navigating the course at Oak Hill in the early afternoon, zipping through the race in 14:01.4 to win her second race in as many days, the first two of her collegiate career. She had company on the podium with sophomore Lauren Jortberg edging out Vermont’s Alayna Sonnesyn for second in 14:14.0 with the latter skating across the finish line in 14:17.8. Junior Taryn Hunt-Smith nearly made it a clean sweep of the top three slots, but could not quite catch Sonnesyn, crossing the tape in 14:20.4, giving the Big Green 138 points for the team victory, 22 ahead of Vermont.
In the men’s 10K Freestyle that started in the morning, senior Callan DeLine registered his first podium finish this carnival season — and third of his career — by claiming second in 26:13.8, 14 seconds behind Colby’s Zane Fields. A pair of Vermont skiers took third and fourth, but Dartmouth freshman Adam Glueck (26:24.8) and junior Gavin McEwen (26:30.9) were right on their heels in fifth and sixth to help the Green beat out the Catamounts for the team victory, 123-116.
Over at the Dartmouth Skiway, the men took the slopes first for the slalom, sophomore Tanguy Nef was looking for his fifth victory this winter and put himself in good position with the top time on the first run in 51.07. But Vermont’s Max Roeisland and Sandy Vietze were both within two-tenths of a second, making it anyone’s opportunity to win the gold. Senior Brian McLaughlin was also in range in fourth at 51.63. On the return trip down the mountain, Vietze put together the best second run to edge out Nef for the top step on the podium, 1:42.57 to 1:42.70, with Roeisland joining them in third. Even though Dartmouth ended up with five of the top nine skiers, only McLaughlin in fifth (1:44.54) and sophomore David Domonoske in sixth (1:45.11) were able to contribute points to the Big Green total as Vermont won by a 129-123 margin.
The Catamounts claimed the gold and silver in the women’s slalom, yet Dartmouth managed to overcome that to defeat them in the team totals by a single point, 122-121. Junior Alexa Dlouhy, senior Foreste Peterson and sophomore Stephanie Currie were all among the next four skiers after the first run. Dlouhy maintained her hold on third, finishing in 1:48.09 to allow her to earn her fourth podium in the slalom in as many races this season. Peterson, yesterday’s giant slalom victory, had the second-best time on the second run to move up a spot into fourth (1:48.72), while Currie remained in sixth (1:49.05). Vermont’s Paula Moltzan won the race in 1:46.79.
Dartmouth next heads to Massachusetts for the Williams Carnival on Feb. 15-16.