STOWE, Vt. — The Dartmouth men’s Nordic ski team nipped Vermont by a single point in the 10K Freestyle while the women finished just two points behind the Catamounts in second place, which was more than enough for the Big Green to finish off their first victory of the EISA season at the UVM Carnival. Dartmouth scored 916 points to top host Vermont which had 735 points, with Middlebury right behind the Catamounts with 729.
In the men’s race, Middlebury’s Patrick Johnson opened up a big lead and would not be caught, taking the gold in 24:09.7. Junior Sam Tarling (Cumberland, Maine) once again led the Big Green men on the course, placing second in 24:51.5 in front of a pair of Catamount skiers. Next to cross the finish line for Dartmouth was senior Eric Packer (Anchorage, Alaska) in seventh with a time of 25:18.7. Sophomore Steve Mangan (Honeoye, N.Y.) also scored points for the Big Green by placing ninth in 25:22.4. The trio combined to score 113 points, topping Vermont’s 112.
Each of the top eight skiers in the women’s 10K were from either Dartmouth or Vermont. Catamount skier Caitlin Patterson won the race in 28:16.9, but seniors Sophie Caldwell (Peru, Vt.) and Erika Flowers (Bozeman, Mont.) took the other two medal spots in 28:27.9 and 28:30.9, respectively. Vermont took fourth and fifth, then sophomore Annie Hart (Stillwater, Minn.) finished up in 29:14.9 for sixth while freshman Carly Wynn (Queensbury, N.Y.) placed eighth with a time of 29:22.9.
Next weekend Dartmouth will host its carnival with the competitions beginning on Friday morning.