Not only did Talbot best the field, he did so by more than half a minute with his time of 31:00.01. After Middlebury’s Benjamin Lustgarten crossed the finish line next in 31:34.3, senior David Sinclair (Waitsfield, Vt.) was able to join Talbot on the podium by taking third place in 31:47.2. Wrapping up the Big Green’s team scoring was rookie Jan Ketterson (Bloomington, Minn.), skating to a 10th-place finish in his first collegiate race with a time of 32:27.0. The trio combined to provide Dartmouth with 124 points, 22 ahead of the Catamounts.
Earlier in the day, the women raced the 5K Classic and were narrowly edged out by Vermont, 129-127, despite having four of the top six racers. Senior Annie Hart (Stillwater, Minn.) led the Big Green contingency, claiming second place in 16:58.0, close to 20 seconds behind the victor, the Catamounts’ Anja Gruber. Following another Vermont skier, Stephanie Kirk, in third place, the next three skiers wore the Green and White. Sophomore Emily Hannah (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) took fourth at 17:30.2 with senior Isabel Caldwell (Peru, Vt.) right on her heels in 17:30.5. A few seconds later, sophomore Corey Stock (Lincoln, Mass.) crossed the finish line in sixth with a time of 17:34.8.
Over at Sugarloaf, the surface was bumpy and icy, leading to numerous skiers not completing the two runs of the giant slalom. Yet junior Abby Fucigna (Hopkinton, Mass.) managed to put together two strong runs to finish second at 2:18.35. Speaking of strong, sophomore Anne Strong (Loveland, Colo.) was the next Dartmouth skier on the leaderboard in 11th place with a combined time of 2:23.00. The other Big Green scorer was sophomore Sara Kikut (Burlington, Vt.) in 17th place at 2:25.68. Host Colby won the event with three of the top nine for 114 points, 10 and 14 points ahead of Vermont and Dartmouth, respectively.
The Big Green tied for second with Middlebury in the men’s giant slalom, tallying 92 points with sophomore Robert Overing (Rothesay, N.B.) once again putting together a solid day with a combined time of 2:12.03 to take sixth. Junior Ben Morse (Carrabassett Valley, Maine) returned home to lay claim to 12th place at 2:13.46, while sophomore Sam Macomber (Plymouth, N.H.) was right behind in 13th at 2:13.80. Vermont handily won the event with three of the top-four finishers, led by Travis Dawson in 2:08.95.
The carnival will conclude on Saturday with a concession to the warm weather; the Nordic races have been reduced by 5K and will be an interval start instead of the mass as originally scheduled.