LYME, N.H./CRAFTSBURY, Vt. — With three top-10 finishes, including a spot on the podium, the Dartmouth women’s alpine team beat the field in the slalom at the Dartmouth Carnival on Saturday. But it was Vermont who ran away with the title as the Catamounts scored big victories in the other three events of the day for a two-day total of 1,018 points. The Big Green finished second by a wide margin with 853 points while New Hampshire took third with 710.
At the Dartmouth Skiway, freshman Meg Currie (Toronto, Ont.) recorded the fourth best time the first time down the mountain, then posted the fastest time on her second run to finish on the podium in second place in 1:44.91. Only Vermont’s Kate Ryley was faster in 1:43.76, although sophomore Lizzie Kistler (Santa Rosa, Calif.) did put post the fastest time of the day. Unfortunately, she was disqualified and did not get to race again.Even with Kistler’s DQ, the Big Green had two other skiers among the top 10 to win the event, and even a fourth competitor in 11th. Sophomore Maisie Ide (Minneapolis, Minn.) had a combined time of 1:47.64 to finish in ninth, while sophomore Anne Strong (Loveland, Colo.) was right behind in 10th with a time of 1:47.86. Youth continued to prevail for Dartmouth as freshman Nicole Anderson (Centennial, Colo.) finished in 11th just three-hundredths of a second behind Strong. The top three scored 108 points for the Big Green, enough to edge New Hampshire (99) and Vermont (96).
One day after just missing out on a victory in the giant slalom, the men fell back into fourth place in the slalom as Vermont not only swept the podium, but the top four finishes. The top time for Dartmouth was provided by senior Mathieu Bertrand (Montreal, Quebec) at 1:43.40 in ninth place. The other two scorers weren’t far behind as freshman Dylan Brooks (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.) and junior Dylan Fisher McCarney (Toronto, Ont.) finished in 12th (1:43.92) and 13th (1:44.34), respectively.
Over at the Craftsbury Nordic Center, senior Annie Hart (Stillwater, Minn.) registered the other podium finish for Dartmouth, placing second in the women’s 15K Classic with a time of 50:02.0. Vermont took the other two spots on the podium as Anja Gruber outdistanced the field by more than a minute at 48:54.0. The Green did have two other skiers finish in the top 10, with junior Carly Wynn (Queensbury, N.Y.) claiming seventh in 51:27.2 and sophomore Corey Stock (Lincoln, Mass.) taking ninth in 51:35.8.
In the interval start of the men’s 20K Classic, junior Silas Talbot (Anchorage, Alaska) maintained a solid pace throughout the four laps to finish eighth among the collegiate skiers with a time of 58:07.3. Senior Cameron Woodworth (Yarmouth, Maine), meanwhile, got off to a quick start and recorded the second-fastest time on the opening lap, but he fell back into ninth just a half-second behind Talbot. The final Dartmouth scoring skier was freshman Fabian Stocek (Jilemnice, Czech Republic) in 11th place with a time of 58:33.7. The Catamounts won the event handily with three of the top four times, and New Hampshire just edged the Big Green, 96-93.
Dartmouth travels to the Williams Carnival next Friday and Saturday, to be held at Jiminy Peak in Hancock, Mass., and the Prospect Mountain Nordic Center in Woodford, Vt.