JACKSON, N.H. — While the giant slalom races had to be canceled due to unfavorable racing conditions, all eyes were on the Nordic races at the Jackson Ski Touring Center. Dartmouth impressed those eyes by winning both the men’s and women’s classcial sprints, which included the Big Green sweeping the medal stand on the men’s side as they jumped out to a 274-219 lead over the University of Vermont.
On the women’s side, Dartmouth and the Catamounts were neck and neck in the final sprint, but each Big Green skier trumped Vermont as the two teams alternated for the top six finishes. Senior Sophie Caldwell (Peru, Vt.) cruised to the victory in the slushy mix falling from the sky, with sophomore Annie Hart (Stillwater, Minn.) in third and Caldwell’s younger sister, Isabel, in sixth. Vermont took second, fourth and sixth, not to mention seventh, while senior Stephanie Crocker (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) took eighth.
The men managed to sweep the top three spots with junior Sam Tarling (Cumberland, Maine) pacing the pack. Seniors Eric Packer (Anchorage, Alaska) and Gordon Vermeer (Minneapolis, Minn.) to earn rounded out the top three to earn 141 points for the Big Green, the highest total possible in an event.
The alpine racing is scheduled to begin tomorrow morning at Attitash Mountain Resort in Bartlett, N.H., while the Nordic races will conclude with the freestyle at the Jackson course.