BETHEL, Maine — After scoring 418 points on the first day of competition at the Bates Carnival, the Dartmouth ski team practically duplicated its performance with 419 more to keep a stranglehold on second place behind the University of Vermont. The Catamounts won the carnival with 1,004 points with the Big Green in second with 837 followed by Middlebury (699) and the University of New Hampshire (644).
Once again, the men's Nordic squad dominated the field, placing five skiers among the top eight in the 10K Classic, including senior Eric Packer (Anchorage, Alaska) who won the event with a time of 27:25.0, 3.5 seconds ahead of Vermont’s Franz Bernstein. Junior Sam Tarling (Cumberland, Maine) was just 10.2 seconds off Packer’s pace to finish fourth with sophomore David Sinclair (Waitsfield, Vt.) right behind in 27:36.7. Sophomore Steven Mangan (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) and senior Gordon Vermeer (Minneapolis, Minn.) placed seventh and eighth, respectively, with just one second separating them (27:38.5 and 27:39.5).
While Vermont had four of the top five finishers in the women’s 10K Classic, including the victor in Caitlin Patterson in 31:43.8, Dartmouth fared well finishing in second place as a team with four individuals placing among the top 10 led by senior Sophie Caldwell (Peru, Vt.) in third at 31:51.6. Sophomore Annie Hart (Stillwater, Minn.) was the sixth to cross the finish line in 32:04.6, followed by Isabel Caldwell (Peru, Vt.) in eighth at 32:10.7 and senior Erika Flowers (Bozeman, Mont.) in 10th at 32:57.9.
Junior Annie Rendall (South Burlington, Vt.) zipped down the slalom course with the third fastest time on the first run (50.71 seconds) and, with another solid run, finished in third with a total time of 1:46.39, less than four seconds behind Vermont’s Elli Terwiel. The next Big Green skier to place was sophomore Abby Fucigna (Hopkinton, Mass.) with a combined time of 1:52.78 to place 18th, and freshman Delainey Ackerman (Englewood, Colo.) scored for Dartmouth as well with a 1:55.89, good for 25th.
In the men’s slalom, freshman Ben Morse (Carrabassett Valley, Maine) was Dartmouth’s top finisher in ninth place with an overall time of 1:48.67, less than second outside the top five. Fellow rookie Hunter Black (Keystone, Colo.) came in 14th in 1:49.83, and senior Trevor Leafe (Monroe, N.H.) was just two spots back in 1:50.18 as the men finished fourth in the event.
The ski team will be back in action next Friday and Saturday in Bartlett and Jackson, N.H., for the New Hampshire Carnival.