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Ski Team Takes Command of UVM Carnival

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Senior Gordon Vermeer     By Ruff Patterson
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STOWE, Vt. — In the second day of competition at the University of Vermont Carnival, the Dartmouth men’s and women’s Nordic teams both won their respective Classic races while the alpine teams came through with top three finishes to help the Big Green take a commanding 116.5-point lead with just the freestyle cross country races remaining on the schedule.

Senior Sophie Caldwell (Peru, Vt.) was the lone individual winner for Dartmouth on the day, completing the 5K Classic more than seven seconds ahead of Vermont’s Caitlin Patterson in 15:48.0. Sophomore Annie Hart was right on Patterson’s heels, placing third just seven-tenths of a second back with a time of 15:56.1. Although the next three to cross the finish line were Catamounts, senior Erika Flowers secured the team title for the Big Green by placing seventh in 16:20.3. Dartmouth posted 131 points in the event while Vermont tallied 127.

In the men’s 10K, junior Sam Tarling (Cumberland, Maine) was just nipped at the finish line by Middlebury’s Patrick Johnson by three-tenths of a second, but his second-place finish in 28:18.9 was one of three in the top five for the Big Green. Senior Eric Packer (Anchorage, Alaska) completed the course in 28:46.9, good for fourth place, while classmate Gordon Vermeer (Minneapolis, Minn.) was neck-and-neck with Packer and finished in fifth with a time of 28:47.6. Three Dartmouth sophomores finished in the top 20 in Steven Mangan (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) in 11th, Erik Fagerstrom (Eden Prairie, Minn.) in 14th and David Sinclair (Waitsfield, Vt.) in 19th.

Two freshmen posted two of the four best combined times in the men’s slalom for the Big Green, lifting them to a second-place team finish just six points behind New Hampshire. Rookie Ben Morse (Carrabassett Valley, Maine), who won the giant slalom yesterday, came in second today behind Middlebury’s Hig Roberts with a time of 1:44.43 for his two runs. Behind by barely a blink of an eye was freshman Hunter Black (Keystone, Colo.) in fourth place — thanks to his second run which was the third fastest of the day (50.61 seconds) — posting a 1:44.71. The other skier to score for the Green was also a freshman, Trace Cummings Smith (Dedham, Mass.), whose two runs left him in 15th in 1:47.72.

The women totaled 99 points to finish third in the slalom, with junior Annie Rendall (South Burlington, Vt.) leading Dartmouth with a 1:52.38 to place fifth. Senior Erin Fucigna (Hopkinton, Mass.) and her freshman sister, Abby, also scored for the Big Green in ninth and 11th place, respectively. Erin finished her two runs in 1:53.66 while Fucigna the younger was trailing at her heels less than a second behind in 1:54.39.

Dartmouth will bring its 675 points to the final day of the carnival tomorrow for the 10K freestyle races, which begin at Trapps at 10:45 a.m.