Nordic Teams Gain Ground on Vermont
STOWE, Vt. — Having completed the alpine portion of the Vermont Carnival three weeks ago, the Nordic teams are taking the spotlight this weekend at the Trapp Family Lodge as Dartmouth won both the men’s and women’s races today to inch closer to the host Catamounts in the team standings. With one day remaining, the Big Green trail Vermont by just 30 points, 640-610.
In the women’s 5K Free, Dartmouth was bolstered by the return of three skiers from international competition, all of whom finished among the top seven to claim the event. Two from that trio earned a spot on the podium, with freshman Corey Stock (Lincoln, Mass.) taking second in 14:08.3 and junior Annie Hart (Stillwater, Minn.) right on her heels in third in 14:10.2. Freshman Mary O’Connell rounded out the top three Big Green skiers in seventh place with a time of 14:26.2.
Middlebury’s Annie Pokorny took the top spot on the podium, outlasting Stock by 6.9 seconds. But Dartmouth recorded 126 points with Middlebury in second with 108 and Vermont third with 102.
Much the women, the Big Green men got a boost from senior Sam Tarling (Cumberland, Maine), who spent the previous two weekends in Europe competing in the U23 World Championships. And like Stock, Tarling zipped his way through the 10K Free race in second place with a time of 24:52.6. Four others finished in the top 10 with sophomore Silas Talbot (Anchorage, Alaska) in fourth place in 25:19.9 and senior Scott Lacy (Aspen, Colo.) one spot back in fifth in 25:34.8 earning the team points. Juniors Steve Mangan (Honeoye, N.Y.) and David Sinclair (Waitsville, Vt.) finished seventh (25:41.7) and ninth (25:45.2), respectively.
Staking his claim to the top spot on the podium was Vermont’s Scott Patterson who cruised through the course in 24:25.2. The Big Green team effort, however, allowed them to defeat the Catamounts, 127-116.
Dartmouth made up 35 points in the standings today, and would overtake Vermont tomorrow by duplicating its effort on Sunday in the men’s and women’s 10K Classic.