Skiing with heavy hearts due to the passing of teammate Torin Tucker ’15 last weekend, the men’s Nordic team managed to fend off the Catamounts by a narrow 132-126 margin in the 10K Freestyle as the two teams combined to record the top six times. While Vermont’s Scott Patterson won the race by nearly 50 seconds with a time of 24:54.2, the next three best times all belonged to Dartmouth. Freshman Patrick Caldwell (Lyme, Vt.) led the way in second place in 25:43.8, and senior David Sinclair also earned a spot on the podium in third at 25:58.7. Finishing fourth was junior Silas Talbot (Anchorage, Alaska) with a time of 26:14.3. And although he didn’t score for the Big Green, senior Cameron Woodworth (Yarmouth, Maine) posted a top-10 time at 26:51.4, good for eighth place.
In the women’s 5K Freestyle race, senior Annie Hart (Stillwater, Minn.) once again led the Dartmouth pack of skiers, placing fifth with a time of 15:15.4. The other top-10 finish was registered by sophomore Corey Stock (Lincoln, Mass.) with her time of 15:29.9 to claim ninth place. Rounding out the Big Green scorers was senior Isabel Caldwell (Peru, Vt.) in 15th with a time of 15:52.9. The trio scored 95 for Dartmouth to finish third behind Vermont, which swept the podium for 141 points, and New Hampshire with 105.
On the slopes of the Dartmouth Skiway, the men narrowly missed out on winning the giant slalom, settling for a tie for second place with Vermont, just two points behind Middlebury. Sophomore Robert Overing (Rothesay, N.B.) put together two terrific runs, the second of which vaulted him from fifth into second place with a combined time of 2:02.99. The youth movement continued for the Big Green with freshman Dylan Brooks (Mammoth Lake, Calif.) zipping through the course to place seven as his two runs totaled 2:03.85. Another sophomore in Sam Macomber (Plymouth, N.H.) gave Dartmouth three skiers among the top 15, as he finished up in 2:04.69. Middlebury’s Hig Roberts bested Overing by four-tenths of a second and posted the fastest times on each run.
Two Catamounts skiers took the top two spots on the podium in the women’s giant slalom by more than a full second over the field, but were joined by Dartmouth junior Abby Fucigna (Hopkinton, Mass.) on the steps in third with two runs that totaled 2:06.22. Freshman Meg Currie (Toronto, Ont.) continued her quick development by claiming seventh place in 2:08.20, while sophomore Lizzie Kistler (Santa Rosa, Calif.) finished 10th overall with a combined time of 2:08.65. But with Vermont having a third skier finish in fifth, it was able to distance itself from the rest of the teams with 136 points, leaving Dartmouth in second with 109.
The Big Green will try to make up the 54-point gap in Saturday’s races. The first run slalom begins at 9:15 at the Dartmouth Skiway, while the interval start of the men’s 20K Classic will begin the day at the Craftsbury Nordic Center at 10 a.m.