All three of the top five skiers for the men’s Nordic team combined forces the day before to win the 3x5K Free relay, but it was Caldwell who emerged from the group to earn his first collegiate individual carnival victory. The rookie recorded the fastest first lap before cruising to the win in 28:51.5, more than 18 seconds ahead of his teammate Talbot (29:09.8). Only four other skiers cracked the 30-minute threshold, one of whom was freshman Fabian Stocek (Jilemnice, Czech Republic) in fifth place with a time of 29:44.0. Vermont managed to take second in the event without anyone among the top five, but its 101 points were well behind Dartmouth’s 136.
In the women’s 5K Classic, the Big Green had three finish in the top 10, but could not crack the podium, though senior Annie Hart (Stillwater, Minn.) claimed fourth place in 16:56.9. Junior Carly Wynn continued her strong season by completing the race in seventh place with a time of 17:06.8, while sophomore Corey Stock (Lincoln, Mass.) crossed the finish line in 10th at 17:10.8. But with the Catamounts sporting the first- and third-place finishers, they were able to best Dartmouth on this day, 123-106.
The final scoring in the women’s giant slalom was very similar to the women’s Nordic race as Vermont scored a victory over the Big Green, 121-106, thanks to a pair of Catamount skiers going 1-2 on the podium. Dartmouth’s top racer also finished just off the podium in fourth place, with sophomore Lizzie Kistler (Santa Rosa, Calif.) putting together two fine runs for a combined time of 1:46.48. The second-fastest run her second time down the slopes allowed junior Abby Fucigna (Hopkinton, Mass.) to take sixth place in 1:47.04, while sophomore Maisie Ide (Minneapolis, Minn.) cam through with two solid runs to claim 12th in 1:47.92.
Dartmouth struggled a bit in the men’s giant slalom, scoring 66 points for sixth place. Freshman Dylan Brooks (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.) was the Big Green’s top scorer in 13th place with a combined time of 1:45.69, while junior Ben Morse (Carrabassett Valley, Maine) came in 17th at 1:46.47 and sophomore Sam Macomber (Plymouth, Mass.) was 28th at 1:48.48. Two more podiums for Vermont allowed it to narrowly top Middlebury, 128-119.
Next weekend brings the EISA Championships and NCAA East Regional hosted by Middlebury College. The skiing begins on Friday morning at the Middlebury Snow Bowl and the Carroll and Jane Rikert Ski Touring Center.