STOWE, Vt. — On the strength of three top-six finishes in the slalom by the women, the Dartmouth ski team was able to move up a notch in the standings of the Vermont Carnival on Saturday into third place following the conclusion of the alpine events. The carnival will conclude on Feb. 1-2 with the Nordic races.
All of the teams had to deal with warmer temperatures as well as fog, and soft snow with ruts cutting deeper as the day developed. With the deteriorating conditions, good runs became more difficult to attain. A total of 33 men were able to complete their two runs, while another 33 failed to do so, attesting to the conditions, with a handful more getting disqualified. The women fared a bit better with 46 of the 72 skiers successfully completing the course twice.
The Big Green women tied with host Vermont for the most points on the day with 122. Freshman Sara Kikut earned her first spot on the podium by placing third for Dartmouth. Both of her runs were the third-best time each time down, first in 53.02 seconds, then 57.37 for a combined time of 1:50.39. The Big Green also claimed fourth in the individual standings with junior Annie Rendall posting the fourth-fastest time on the first run (53.82) then holding her spot the second time down in 59.59 for a total of 1:53.41.
Sophomore Aylin Woodward, Dartmouth’s top finisher in the giant slalom on Friday, was not far behind in sixth place. Her first run put her in 13th, but her second was the fourth fastest to boost her seven spots in the final standings with a time of 1:53.89. Also completing the two runs was sophomore Abby Fucigna in 22nd place in 1:57.84.
As in the giant slalom, Vermont skiers Kristina Riis-Johannessen (1:47.58) and Kate Ryley (1:49.14) finished 1-2 in the race, although yesterday their order was reversed with Ryley taking the top spot on the podium.
For the men, sophomore Ben Morse had a terrific first run with a time of 53.38 seconds and took seventh with a combined time of 1:49.11. The only other Big Green skier to finish the men’s slalom was sophomore Hunter Black, who unfortunately ended up hiking both runs and placing 31st. The other three Dartmouth participants were all victims of the conditions. As a team, the Big Green totaled 46 points to place eighth among the men.
The Catamounts’ Travis Dawson took the top spot on the podium with a two-run time of 1:45.87, followed by Sam Coffey of UNH (1:46.70) and Fredrik Sandell of St. Michael’s College (1:47.31). New Hampshire narrowly outscored Colby College, 104-102.5.
In the overall team standings, Vermont maintained its hold on the top spot, but New Hampshire closed the gap from 50 to 28 points, 422-394. The Big Green are comfortably in third place with 357 points compared to 292 for fourth-place Middlebury.
Both the Nordic and alpine teams will compete next week at the St. Lawrence Carnival, held at Mt. Van Hoevenberg, on Friday and Saturday (Jan. 18-19).