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Alpine Squad Propels Big Green to Lead at Williams

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Ben Morse     By Cory Ransom
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HANCOCK, Mass. — Although the classic sprint races were canceled at the Williams Carnival today due to a lack of snow on the course, the Dartmouth alpine team was able to put the Big Green in the lead after the first day of competition with 191 points in the slalom. Host Williams is not far behind with 173 points, and Vermont, which swept the men’s podium, sits in third with 159 points.

In the men’s races, freshman Ben Morse (Carrabassett Valley, Maine) blistered his way down the slopes with the fastest time on the first run, then settled for a fourth-place finish — despite being less than three-quarters of a second off the lead — with a combined time of 1:29.99 as the Catamounts swept the podium. Fellow freshman Trace Cummings Smith (Dedham, Mass.) placed 18th in 1:32.63 while rookie Dylan Fisher McCarney (Toronto, Ont.) was right on his heels in 19th in 1:32.67. The three combined to total 94 points as Dartmouth placed fourth in the event.

Like Morse, junior Annie Rendall (South Burlington, Vt.) also finished fourth, zipping her way to a two-run time of 1:37.62 in the women’s slalom. Freshman Abby Fucigna (Hopkinton, Mass.) squeezed her way into the top 10, placing 10th in 1:38.95, and classmate Jackie Maier (Cazenovia, N.Y.) came in 15th in 1:39.43.

The 16 competing teams will finish the carnival on Saturday with the 10K Classic and the giant slalom.