HANCOCK, Mass./BENNINGTON, Vt. — Dartmouth and Vermont finished the day dead even in the scoring of the freestyle relays, but the Catamounts utilized a strong alpine showing — including a podium sweep in the men’s slalom — to end the first day of the Williams Carnival atop the leaderboard with 497 points. The Big Green scored 420 points, well ahead of third-place Colby with 307.
The men’s Nordic squads battled itself for the top spot in the 3x5K Free relay, taking first and second in the event with the two teams separated by less than two seconds. Junior Silas Talbot (Anchorage, Alaska) posted the second-fastest time (9:25.1) in any of the 5K legs as the middle man to lead that trio to victory. Freshmen Fabian Stocek (Jilemnice, Czech Republic) and Patrick Caldwell (Lyme, Vt.) led off and anchored the team, respectively, as they combined to finish the race in 29:00.6. The senior team, consisting of Erik Fagerstrom (Eden Prairie, Minn.), Cameron Woodworth (Yarmouth, Maine) and David Sinclair (Waitsfield, Vt.) were narrowly nipped by the younger generation with a time of 29:01.9. Vermont took third with a threesome that completed the relay more than 30 seconds later at 29:33.8.
In the women’s 3x5K Freestyle relay, the Catamounts evened the scoring as all three of their skiers performed their stretches in under 12 minutes, while only three other skiers in the field managed to accomplish that feat. Vermont’s time of 35:05.0 was more than a minute and a half ahead of the others, with Dartmouth’s trio of senior Annie Hart (Stillwater, Minn.) — one of the other three under 12 minutes — and sophomores Emily Hannah (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) and Corey Stock (Lincoln, Mass.) finishing second in 36:27.7. Third-place Bowdoin was nearly 20 seconds off the Big Green pace.
In both the men’s and women’s slalom, Dartmouth had a skier finish fifth. On the women’s side, it was Maisie Ide (Minneapolis, Minn.) earning 39 points for the Green with her combined time of 1:38.05. Classmate Sara Kikut (Burlington, Vt.) wasn’t far behind in seventh place at 1:38.53, while a third sophomore, Anne Strong (Loveland, Colo.) was the other Dartmouth scorer in 14th at 1:40.36. But with the Catamounts winning the top two spots on the podium, Dartmouth was left in second place with 100 points.
Junior Ben Morse (Carrabassett Valley, Maine) recorded his best finish of the carnival season this year with his time of 1:35.72 to take fifth for the men. In 13th and 14th places were the Dartmouth Canadian Connection, junior Dylan Fisher McCarney (Toronto, Ont.) at 1:36.47 and senior Mathieu Bertrand (Montreal, Quebec) at 1:36.58. Vermont swept the podium to win the slalom, however, while the Big Green finished third with 98 points; Middlebury claimed second with 113.
The Big Green return to each venue tomorrow to finish the Williams Carnival.