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Packer Wins 20K; Big Green Finish Second at Winter Carnival

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Senior Eric Packer     By C.J. Feehan
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LYME, N.H. — By placing among the top four teams in each of the events on the second and final day of competition at the Dartmouth Winter Carnival, the Big Green ski team was able to secure second place. The University of Vermont won three of the four events on the day to wrap up its third carnival victory of the season, while Dartmouth convincingly won the men’s 20K Classic.

Senior Eric Packer (Anchorage, Alaska) was neck-and-neck at the end of the 20K Classic with Middlebury’s Patrick Johnson, who had won the three previous cross country races at the Trapps course in Stowe, Vt. But in the end, Packer was able to fend him off to win the individual medal honors with a time of 59:17.4. Right on Johnson’s heels was junior Sam Tarling (Cumberland, Maine), just sixth-tenths of a second behind in 59:20.2 to finish third. The Dartmouth skiers kept coming as senior Gordon Vermeer (Minneapolis, Minn.) came in fourth with a time of 59:22.5, and sophomore Steve Mangan (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) placed seventh in 59:31.2.

In the women’s 15K, it was Vermont with a pack leading the charge as the Catamounts took all three medals led by Lucy Garrec in 47:48.4. First for the Big Green was sophomore Annie Hart (Stillwater, Minn.) crossing the line in 48:10.9, good for fourth place. Senior Sophie Caldwell (Peru, Vt.), who won the 5K Freestyle on Friday, placed sixth with a time of 48:33.3 while classmate Erika Flowers (Bozeman, Mont.) claimed eighth in 49:02.5 as Dartmouth scored 115 points in the event for second place.

Junior Annie Rendall (South Burlington, Vt.) gave the Vermont skiers a run for their money in the slalom today at the Dartmouth Skiway with the third fastest time in each of the two runs. Add them up, however, and she placed second with a time of 1:38.94, sandwiched between Catamount skiers Elise-woien Tafre and Kate Ryley. The other two to score points for the Big Green were freshman Abby Fucigna (Hopkinton, Mass.) in 15th place with a combined time of 1:42.59, and another rookie in Aylin Woodward (Pittsford, N.Y.) in 16th in 1:42.65. Dartmouth (98 points) placed third in the event behind Vermont (125) and Williams (108).

For the men, freshman Ben Morse (Carrabassett Valley, Maine) rebounded from the giant slalom yesterday when he did not finish to place fifth today in the slalom in 1:33.30. Vermont controlled the event, though, with the top four finishers to sweep the medal stand. In 13th place was rookie Hunter Black (Keystone, Colo.) in 1:34.63, and Trace Cummings Smith (Dedham, Mass.) made it a trio of freshman scoring for Dartmouth, placing 22nd in 1:35.59. The Big Green men totaled 92 points to finish fourth in the event.

Next weekend the Big Green will participate in the Williams Carnival, which will take place in Hancock, Mass., and Woodfork, Vt., starting on Friday morning.