STOWE, Vt. — Needing to make up 30 points in the standings on the final day of competition at the Vermont Carnival, the Dartmouth ski team fell just short of overtaking the host Catamounts despite winning both the men’s and women’s 10K Classic races. Senior Sam Tarling (Cumberland, Maine) took the top spot on the podium for the Big Green men, while junior Annie Hart (Stillwater, Minn.) beat the field for the women.

The day’s events began with the women’s 10K Classic, and Hart outdistanced the other racers to claim the first individual victory for the Big Green in a carnival this year. Her time of 32:08.9 was more than six seconds faster than runner-up Annie Pokorny of Middlebury. A pair of freshmen rounded up the top three skiers for Dartmouth with Corey Stock (Lincoln, Mass.) taking sixth in 33:01.2 and Mary O'Connell eighth in 33:21.2. The trio combined to score 120 points to lead the field with Middlebury second with 113 and Vermont third with 109.

When the men lined up for their 10K Classic, the Big Green were still 19 points behind Vermont. After the first 5K loop, Tarling was merely a second ahead of UVM’s Scott Patterson. But he separated himself from Patterson, eventually winning by nearly 10 seconds in 27:42.7. A pack of Dartmouth skiers laid claim to the fourth through sixth positions, led by sophomore Silas Talbot (Anchorage, Alaska) in 28:11.9. He was followed by junior Steven Mangan (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) with a time of 28:14.0 and junior David Sinclair (Waitsville, Vt.) in 28:20.6. But the next two to cross the finish line were Catamount skiers, enabling them to barely fend off the Big Green.

Dartmouth will host its Winter Carnival on Friday and Saturday this week at the Dartmouth Skiway in Lyme, N.H., and the Dartmouth Cross Country Ski Center at Oak Hill in Hanover.