ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Dartmouth cross country skiers, both current and former, performed well at the U.S. Cross Country Skiing Nationals over the past week at Kincaid Park in Anchorage, Alaska. Eric Packer ’12 provided the top finish among the Big Green skiers by placing second in the men’s 30K Classic, while sophomore Lauren Jortberg turned in the best showing among current members of the team by claiming ninth in both the women’s 10K Freestyle and the 20K Classic among American skiers.
Jortberg’s classmate, Lydia Blanchet, also posted strong results by taking sixth in the Classic sprint race as well as 10th in the 20K Classic and 12th in the 10K Freestyle. The other current skier to have a top-10 finish was freshman Adam Glueck in the junior Freestyle sprint in fifth.
Packer was not only second in the 30K Classic, but also fifth in the Freestyle sprint. Other solid efforts by current men’s skiers were put up by senior Callan DeLine and junior Gavin McEwen, both of whom had a top-20 finish.
Erika Flowers ’12 placed in the top six in both the 10K Freestyle (fifth) and 20K Classic (sixth), while Annie Hart ’14 skated across the line right on Flowers’ heels in seventh in the 20K Classic. Sophomore Abby Drach and junior Emily Hyde, along with alums Corey Stock’16 and Carly Wynn ’15 all posted a top-20 time during the week as well.
The Big Green skiers open up the EISA Carnival season this weekend on Jan. 13 with the Nordic half of the Colby Carnival in Waterville, Maine.