LYME, N.H. — With the first day of competition at the Dartmouth Winter Carnival completed, the host Big Green ski team finds itself in second place behind the University of Vermont, 500-382, but just three points ahead of Middlebury. The Dartmouth Nordic men won the team title in the 10K Freestyle, just nipping the Catamounts by two points, 118-116, while the Nordic women were clipped by the same differential in the 5K Freestyle by Vermont, 130-128.
The cross country races were forced back to Stowe, Vt., at the Trapps Course for a second straight week due to a lack of snow in the Upper Valley, much to the liking of Middelbury’s Patrick Johnson. After winning both races last weekend at the UVM Carnival, he picked up right where he left off with a time of 25:50.1, nearly 25 seconds ahead of Dartmouth junior Sam Tarling (Cumberland, Maine) who placed second, but he did have to overcome a wayward squirrel that crossed his path and sent him sprawling.
But with senior Gordon Vermeer (Minneapolis, Minn.) finishing fourth in 26:31.5 and sophomore David Sinclair (Waitsfield, Vt.) 11th in 27:08.6, the Big Green were able to hold off Vermont, whose skiers placed third, sixth and seventh, for the team title.
For the women, Dartmouth and Vermont combined to provide the top six finishers in the 5K with senior Sophie Caldwell (Peru, Vt.) picking up her fourth individual victory of the season with a time of 13:47.7, which put her 2.5 seconds ahead of UVM’s Caitlin Patterson. Taking the final medal was the Catamounts’ Lucy Garrec while Big Green senior Erika Flowers (Bozeman, Mont.) crossed the line in fourth in 14:05.0. The difference came with next two to complete the course with Amy Glen of Vermont topping sophomore Annie Hart (Stillwater, Minn.) to put the Catamounts ahead in the team standings.
The alpine races were run in beautiful and unseasonably warm weather at the Dartmouth Skiway. In the women’s giant slalom, Vermont was able to edge New Hampshire and Williams by four and eight points, respectively, finishing with 113 to its credit. Freshman Abby Fucigna (Hopkinton, Mass.) led the Dartmouth contingency that finished fourth with 88 points, scoring a sixth-place finish in 1:54.86, barely 1.5 seconds off the winning time posted by Catamount Kate Ryley. Fellow rookie Jackie Maier (Cazenovia, N.Y.) was the next fastest skier for the Big Green in 13th place with a two-run time of 1:57.25, while senior Erin Fucigna (Hopkinton, Mass.) placed 20th in 1:57.61.
Vermont dominated the giant slalom in the men’s alpine with its skiers winning the first four places to earn 141 points, while Middlebury was second with 113. Freshman Ben Morse (Carrabassett Valley, Maine) finished the first run with the second-fastest time, but unfortunately failed to complete his second run as Dartmouth finished in ninth with 48 points. Freshman Hunter Black (Keystone, Colo.) had the top two-run time for the Big Green in 1:51.33 to place 17th.
The carnival wraps up on Saturday with the slalom at the Dartmouth Skiway, and the women’s 15K Classic and men’s 20K Classic at Trapps.