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Skiing Jumps Into Second at Colby Carnival

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Sophomore Hunter Black     By Paul Bussi
CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine — With a victory in the men’s 10K Classic and second-place finishes for the women in both the 5K Classic and the slalom, Dartmouth vaulted up two spots in the team standings into second at the Colby Carnival on Saturday. The Big Green trail Vermont by 104 points, 731-627, with the final day of Nordic events to come on Sunday.

Although Benjamin Lustgarten of Middlebury managed to win top honors in the men’s 10K Classic at Waterville Valley Resort in New Hampshire, Dartmouth had the other two skiers on the podium with senior Scott Lacy (Aspen, Colo.) and sophomore Silas Talbot (Anchorage, Alaska) in second and third, respectively, less than seven seconds apart in 25:28.2 and 25:35.0. Vermont took the next two spots, but junior David Sinclair (Waitsfield, Vt.) took sixth in 25:54.2 to wrap up the team victory in the event. Junior Steven Mangan also finished among the top 10 with a time of 25:58.1, good for ninth.

In the women’s 5K, senior Emily Blackmer (Hopkinton, N.H.) got her first opportunity to ski in a carnival in her collegiate career and made the most of it, taking a podium spot in third place in 17:57.0. Junior Isabel Caldwell (Peru, Vt.) crossed the finish line with the fifth-best time at 18:06.4, and senior Megan Killigrew (Putney, Vt.) came in 11th with a time of 18:17.2. New Hampshire was able to just nip the Big Green in the event, however, with skiers in second, seventh and eighth for 115 points to Dartmouth’s 112.

Over on the slopes of Sugarloaf, Vermont’s women swept the podium with the Big Green taking second overall thanks to the efforts of the Kikut sisters. Freshman Sara Kikut (Burlington, Vt.) posted the fourth-fastest times both times down the mountain to take fourth with a combined time of 1:30.70, while freshman Anna Kikut skied to a 10th-place finish in 1:32.22. The Big Green had another top-10 finisher in senior Annie Rendall (South Burlington, Vt.) with a time of 1:31.96, good for eighth.

Like the women, the Dartmouth men had their top finisher take fourth as well with sophomore Hunter Black (Keystone, Colo.) posting a combined time of 1:26.44. Sophomore Ben Morse recorded two solid times to take 10th in 1:27.01, and freshman Robert Overing (Rothesay, N.B.) finished in 15th in 1:27.87. In the team standings, Vermont took first with 127 points, Middlebury second with 114 and the Big Green third with 97.

The carnival wraps up on Sunday with the freestyle Nordic races — 15K for the women at 9:30 a.m. and 20K for the men at approximately 11 a.m.