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Skiing Places Second at New Hampshire Carnival

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Senior Trevor Leafe     By Dennis & Ellen Curran
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JACKSON, N.H. — The Dartmouth ski team swept the field in the Nordic events at the New Hampshire Winter Carnival this weekend, winning nine of the 12 medal positions in the four races at the Jackson Ski Touring Center. But the University of Vermont was able to overcome that obstacle with a dominating performance in the slalom at Attitash on Saturday, overtaking the Big Green to win the carnival with 1,021 points to Dartmouth’s 873.

The day began with Dartmouth holding a 55-point lead after the Nordic teams won five of the six medal slots in the classic sprint races on Friday. Both the men and women picked up where they left off as the women edged the Catamounts in the 15K Freestyle by four points while the men topped UVM by eight. Senior Sophie Caldwell (Peru, Vt.) followed up her sprint victory the day before by winning the race today by 0.9 seconds over Vermont’s Caitlin Patterson in 41:32.2. Meanwhile, senior Eric Packer (Anchorage, Alaska) won by an even closer margin, edging the Catamounts’ Franz Bernstein by 0.4 seconds in 49:06.5.

The Big Green women also featured the third- and sixth-place finishers in senior Erika Flowers (Bozeman, Mont.) and sophomore Annie Hart (Stillwater, Minn.), respectively. Flowers crossed the finish line in 41:40.9 while Hart was nearly 40 seconds ahead of the next racer to complete the course in 42:12.4.

Like the women, Dartmouth’s men featured the skier in third place in junior Sam Tarling (Cumberland, Maine), not even two seconds behind Packer in 49:08.2. The other Big Green skier to earn points for the team was senior Gordon Vermeer (Minneapolis, Minn.) in 10th place with a time of 50:03.7, which was less than four seconds removed from the sixth-place finisher from Bates.

Since Friday’s giant slalom was canceled due to unfavorable racing conditions, today’s slalom counted for double the points and Vermont took full advantage by winning five of the six medal spots. But Dartmouth got some solid performances from senior Trevor Leafe (Monroe, N.H.) and freshman Ben Morse (Carrabassett Valley, Maine) in 10th and 11th places, respectively. Leafe posted times that totaled to 1:37.06, and Morse was a hair behind at 1:37.26. Also earning points for the Big Green was rookie Hunter Black (Keystone, Colo.) with a 1:39.19 as the men finished fourth in the event.

In the women’s slalom, Dartmouth had a cluster of four skiers finish between 13th and 18th places. Junior Annie Rendall (South Burlington, Vt.) was the fastest at 1:46.21 in 13th place, while senior Erin Fucigna (Hopkinton, Mass.) finished in 15th place just four-hundredths of a second behind Rendall. Freshmen Jackie Maier (Cazenovia, N.Y.) and Abby Fucigna (Hopkinton, Mass.) were separated by .05 seconds in 17th and 18th place with Maier putting up a combined time of 1:46.75.

Next up for the ski team is the Vermont Carnival next weekend beginning on Friday in Stowe, Vt.