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Dartmouth Tops the Team Standings After First Day

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David Sinclair finished fourth in the men's 10K Classic.     By Gil Talbot
RUMFORD/NEWRY, Maine — The Dartmouth ski team won three of the four events at the EISA Championships hosted by Bates on Friday to take a slim 9.5-point lead over Vermont. Both Nordic squads and the women’s alpine team bested the competition today, and freshman Mary O’Connell (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) claimed the top spot on the podium in the women’s 5K Classic.

On the trails of Black Mountain, O’Connell had her hands full with Middlebury’s Annie Pokorny, as the two were neck-and-neck down the stretch. The Dartmouth rookie was able to skate across the finish line in 15:04.1, just 1.7 seconds ahead of Pokorny to claim the second carnival victory of her young career. But O’Connell wasn’t the only Big Green skier on the podium as senior Emily Blackmer (Hopkinton, N.H.) took third in 15:26.1, 1.6 seconds faster than Vermont’s Anja Gruber. The odd finishes continued for the Green as junior Annie Hart (Stillwater, Minn.) finished in fifth place in 15:30.5 and classmate Isabel Caldwell placed seventh in 15:34.0. Freshman Corey Stock (Lincoln, Mass.) and senior Megan Killigrew (Putney, Vt.) also were among the top 15 in 12th and 13th places, respectively, as Dartmouth and the Catamounts had 11 of the top 13 times. With the three top-five finishes, however, the Big Green won by a comfortable 24-point margin over UVM, 133-109.

For the men, senior Sam Tarling (Cumberland, Maine) came close to giving Dartmouth the victor in both cross country races, but could not quite catch up to Vermont’s Scott Patterson, who had opened up a lead of nearly eight seconds after the first of two laps in the 10K Classic. Tarling gradually narrowed the distance, but came up two seconds shy to finish second with a time of 27:21.8. With his teammates staking a claim on fourth, fifth and sixth places, Dartmouth managed to win the event by seven points, 127-120, over the Catamounts. Junior David Sinclair (Waitsville, Vt.) was the Big Green skier in fourth at 27:30.8, a full five seconds ahead of sophomore Silas Talbot (Anchorage, Alaska) in fifth. Senior Scott Lacy comfortably claimed sixth in 28:03.4.

The Big Green women’s alpine team enjoyed the slopes at Sunday River with three top-10 finishes in the giant slalom, led by sophomore Abby Fucigna (Hopkinton, Mass.) in fourth with two runs that totaled 2:39.96. Freshman Sara Kikut (Burlington, Vt.) posted two solid times to take eighth in 2:41.44, while junior Annie Rendall (South Burlington, Vt.) wasn’t far behind in 10th with a time of 2:41.99. For good measure, freshman Maisie Ide (Minneapolis, Minn.) finished 11th in 2:42.03. The top three combined to earn 104 points for Dartmouth with Williams 10 points back in second and UVM in third with 92.5 points. Harvard’s Rebecca Nadler and Vermont’s Kate Ryley shared the top of the podium with a time of 2:38.45.

Senior Ian Macomber (Cambridge, Mass.) paced the Big Green men by taking ninth in the giant slalom in 2:36.12. Less than a tenth of a second behind him in 11th place was sophomore Trace Cummings Smith (Dedham, Mass.) with a time of 2:36.20, thanks to a second run that was the sixth fastest of all the competitors. The other Dartmouth skier to score points for the team was sophomore Dylan Fisher McCarney (Toronto, Ont.) in 16th place with a time of 2:36.90. The trio combined for 84 points, good for fifth place, with Vermont just edging Middlebury, 117-115. David Donaldson of Middlebury finished first by a quarter of a second at 2:32.93.

The championships conclude tomorrow with the freestyle races and the slalom.