It was senior Annie Hart (Stillwater, Minn.) who led the Green to victory at the Jackson Cross Country Course in the 5K Classic as she claimed a spot on the podium in third place with a time of 14:40.6. Next to cross the finish line was sophomore Corey Stock (Lincoln, Mass.), whose time of 14:49.5 put her right behind Hart in fourth place. Junior Carly Wynn (Queensbury, N.Y.) wrapped up the Dartmouth scorers by taking 11th place in 15:05.3. Although Vermont finished one-two in the event with Anja Gruber besting the field with a time of 14:09.7 and teammate Linda Danvind-Malm posting a 14:24.1, the Big Green trio scored 114 points while the Catamounts managed 108 as their third skier finished 35th.
Junior Silas Talbot (Anchorage, Alaska), the classic bib leader entering the weekend, enjoyed the highest finish by a Dartmouth skier on this day, placing second in the men’s 10K Classic thanks to his time of 25:24.0. Three of his teammates managed to be among the first 10 skiers to complete the course, with senior Cameron Woodworth (Yarmouth, Maine) in sixth place in 25:46.5, senior David Sinclair (Waitsfield, Vt.) just a blink of an eye slower at 24:46.8 in eighth place and freshman Fabian Stocek (Jilemnice, Czech Republic) in ninth at 25:57.0. Jorgen Grav of Vermont took the top spot on the podium with his time of 24:57.2, and two other Catamount skiers came in fourth and fifth to give them 133 points compared to 115 for Dartmouth.
Over on the slopes of Attitash Mountain (moved from Cannon Mountain due to snow conditions), the women finished first with the Big Green finishing second with 102 points, just ahead of Middlebury which tallied 98. Vermont took three of the top four spots with bib leader Kate Ryley winning by more than three seconds with her two runs totaling 2:23.04. Junior Abby Fucigna (Hopkinton, Mass.) was the fastest for Dartmouth on this day, zipping down the mountain with a combined time of 2:28.00, good for fifth. Sophomore Lizzie Kistler (Santa Rosa, Calif.) wasn’t far behind in seventh with a time of 2:28.33, and classmate Anne Strong (Loveland, Colo.) completed the scoring for the Green with her 12th-place finish in 2:29.47.
For the men, freshman Dylan Brooks (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.) and sophomore Sam Macomber (Plymouth, N.H.) gave the Big Green a pair of skiers in the top 10. Brooks parlayed his two runs into seventh place at 2:21.11, while Macomber took eighth in 2:21.46. Also completing two runs for Dartmouth was freshman Prescott McLaughlin (Millbrook, N.Y.) in 24th place with a combined time of 2:24.55. Vermont took the top two spots on the podium, which proved be just enough to hold off Middlebury in the team standings, 124-122.
The UNH Carnival finishes up with the slalom and Nordic freestyle events on Saturday, with the alpine teams competing at Cannon Mountain as originally scheduled and the cross country teams back at Jackson.