CRAFTSBURY, Vt./LYME, N.H. — With much of New England hunkered down with winter storm Nemo pummeling the area, the Dartmouth ski team was enjoying the snow at the Winter Carnival. The host Big Green won both Nordic events to securely finish the day in second place behind Vermont, trailing the Catamounts by 58 points, 501-443. Middlebury trails Dartmouth by 60 points in third place.
Had Nemo arrived just a couple of days previously, Dartmouth likely would not have been forced to move the cross country races from Hanover 90 miles north to the Craftsbury Outdoor Center in Craftsbury, Vt. Warmer temperatures and rain last week had all but eliminated the ground cover at the Dartmouth Cross Country Ski Center on Oak Hill in Hanover.
Craftsbury proved to be quite welcoming for the Big Green Nordic teams with the women besting UVM by eight points in the 5K Classic and the men nipping the Catamounts by two in the 10K Classic. Senior Sam Tarling (Cumberland, Maine) and sophomore Silas Talbot (Anchorage, Alaska) both claimed spots on the podium in second and third, respectively. Tarling zipped through the course in 30:16.5, while Talbot posted a time of 30:36.3. Only Vermont’s Scott Patterson crossed the finish line before that duo, breaking 30 minutes in 29:55.8. Junior David Sinclair (Waitsville, Vt.) gave the Dartmouth three skiers in the top five, recording a 30:52.9 to place fifth. Although they didn’t score points for the Big Green, senior Scott Lacy (Aspen, Colo.) and junior Steven Mangan (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) also finished among the top 10 skiers.
The women clustered their efforts to take fourth, fifth and sixth places to win the 5K Classic. Junior Annie Hart (Stillwater, Minn.) narrowly missed out on the podium, trailing the third-place finisher by just half a second in 17:05.7. The next racer to finish was Big Green freshman Corey Stock (Lincoln, Mass.) in 17:10.5, with classmate Mary O’Connell (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) right behind in sixth at 17:13.8. The 117 points the trio accounted for enabled them to overcome Vermont, which had Anja Gruber win the race in 16:43.3.
Back in Lyme at the Dartmouth Skiway, the slopes proved to be much slower in the morning than later in the day for the second run. Both the men and women for the Big Green had a skier come in fourth place. Freshman Lizzie Kistler (Santa Rosa, Calif.) put together two quality runs for a time of 2:06.89, but it wasn’t quite fast enough to break up the Vermont triumvirate that swept the podium. Sophomore Abigail Fucigna (Hopkinton, Mass.) zipped down the slopes in 2:08.94, good for seventh, and junior Annie Rendall (South Burlington, Vt.) scored points in 18th with a combined time of 2:10.42. The three combined for 101 points, one more than third-place Middlebury.
For the men, sophomore Ben Morse (Carrabassett Valley, Maine) led the Dartmouth contingency in fourth with a two-run time of 2:01.11, just four-hundredths of a second from the podium. Another sophomore in Trace Cummings Smith (Dedham, Mass.) gave the Big Green a second top-10 finish with a time of 2:01.86 to claim 10th. The other point scorer was also a sophomore with Hunter Black (Keystone, Colo.) in 20th at 2:03.37. The 95 points put the men in fourth behind Vermont (123), Middlebury (120) and New Hampshire (97).
The carnival will conclude on Saturday with the slalom beginning at 9:30 a.m. and the 3x5K relay at 10 a.m.