LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — Dartmouth entered the final day of the St. Lawrence Carnival at Mt. Van Hoevenberg in second place, and the Big Green held on to their position as both the women’s alpine and men’s Nordic squads finished second in their respective events. Vermont won the event with 1,013 points to Dartmouth’s 789, with New Hampshire taking third with 748.5.
The Big Green women got two podium finishes on the day, one in the slalom and another in the 3K Free Prologue. Freshman Lizzie Kistler (Santa Rosa, Calif.) improved upon her sixth-place showing yesterday in the giant slalom by taking third today in the slalom. The rookie zipped down the slopes with the fifth-best time on the first run in 43.83 seconds, then turned in the second-best run the second time down to claim her spot on the podium at 1:29.35. Another freshman, Sara Kikut (Burlington, Vt.), finished in seventh at 1:31.02 with senior Annie Rendall (South Burlington, Vt.) also among the top 10 in ninth at 1:31.88.
Vermont had three of the top four finishers with Elli Terwiel taking first in 1:27.44 as the Catamounts scored 138 points to Dartmouth’s 112.
Like Kistler in the slalom, sophomore Carly Wynn (Queensbury, N.Y.) finished third in the women’s 3K Free Prologue. The top three spots were separated by just 1.3 seconds as New Hampshire’s Elizabeth Izzo posted a time of 9:12.6, Vermont’s Anja Gruber a 9:13.6 and Wynn a 9:13.9. The other skiers to score for Dartmouth were senior captain Megan Killigrew (Putney, Vt.) in 17th at 9:39.0 and freshman Haley Piske (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) in 28th and 9:53.9. The trio combined to tally 88 points, good for third in the event behind UNH (130) and Vermont (117).
On the men’s side, six finished among the top 12 in the 3K Free Prologue with the top Big Green skier being freshman Thomas Rabon (Turner, Maine) in fifth (8:07.2). Senior Scott Lacy (Aspen, Colo.) was right on his heels in sixth with a time of 8:07.8, and junior David Sinclair (Waitsfield, Vt.) came home in eighth in 8:09.2. Others to finish among the top 12 were sophomore Silas Talbot (Anchorage, Alaska) in 10th, junior Steven Mangan (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) in 11th and junior Erik Fagerstrom (Eden Prairie, Minn.) in 12th. Only the Catamounts with their 135 points in the event topped the Big Green’s 109.
Sophomore Hunter Black (Keystone, Colo.) had another fine day on the slopes as Dartmouth’s top finisher, narrowly missing the podium in fourth with a two-run time of 1:23.04. The only other Big Green skier to finish both runs was sophomore Ben Morse (Carrabassett Valley, Maine) in 12th, recording a combined 1:24.41.
Next weekend, the alpine team heads to Morse‘s hometown to ski in the Colby Carnival at Sugarloaf on Friday and Saturday. The Nordic portion of the carnival will start on Saturday at Waterville Valley in New Hampshire.