BOZEMAN, Mont. — Dartmouth began the day at the top of the team standings at the NCAA Skiing Championships hosted by Montana State, but fell back into fourth place with a total of 302 points after the alpine races finished today. Vermont (396), Utah (372) and Colorado (359) rode strong performances in the giant slalom to pass the Big Green at the midway point of the championships.
The two women’s runs took place in the morning with junior Annie Rendall (South Burlington, Vt.) posting the best Big Green time on the first run down the slopes at the Bridger Bowl, but just the 22nd fastest out of the 35 skiers. On the second run, freshman Abby Fucigna (Hopkinton, Mass.) had the best Dartmouth time and finished with a combined time of 1:44.33 to place 21st, passing up Rendall who was 25th in 1:44.49. After falling but recovering on her first run, senior Erin Fucigna (Hopkinton, Mass.) had a nasty spill the second time down, getting disqualified in the process. Although shaken by the fall, she did manage to get her skis back on and cross the finish line.
Four of the top five times were recorded by skiers from the East, led by Harvard’s Rebecca Nadler who claimed the individual title with a time of 1:41.83. But Colorado still managed to accumulate the most points in the event with 108 while Vermont totaled 104. Dartmouth was credited with 39 points good for 11th.
In the men’s race, senior Trevor Leafe (Monroe, N.H.), who struggled with injuries all season, was in 29th place after his first run, but shook off the rust to recover with the second-fastest time on his second trip down the mountain. His combined time of 1:34.32 allowed him to match Abby Fucigna on the women’s side with a 21st-place showing. The two freshmen, Hunter Black (Keystone, Colo.) and Ben Morse (Carrabassett Valley, Maine) wrapped up the event in 23rd and 27th place, respectively, with times of 1:34.48 and 1:34.76.
In contrast to the women’s results, the West teams had four of the top-five times, led by Colorado’s Adam Zika in 1:31.80, more than a full second ahead of Utah’s Ryan Wilson who placed second. Despite boasting the individual champion, the Buffaloes placed third in the event with 97 points, behind Utah (114) and Vermont (109). The Big Green were ninth with 49 points.
On Friday, the classical Nordic races will take place beginning at 11 a.m. (EST). Fans can watch the races live on the internet at NCAA.com.