The men’s cross country team provided an exciting finish as junior Silas Talbot (Anchorage, Alaska) and freshman Fabian Stocek (Jilemnice, Czech Republic) were neck-and-neck down the stretch before Talbot nosed out the rookie in a photo finish by a tenth of a second. Neither Talbot nor Stocek were near the front of the pack after the first of four laps in the 20K Free mass start, but by the time the second lap was completed, Talbot was pacing the field with Stocek just four seconds back in fourth. Talbot still was leading after three laps with Stocek in second, and he just held on to win his second event this year with a time of 49:03.0. The pair ran just ahead of Vermont’s Rogan Brown, who took third in 49:04.7. The Big Green also had two others in the top 10 as seniors David Sinclair (Waitsfield, Vt.) and Cameron Woodworth (Yarmouth, Maine) crossed the tape in tandem in seventh (49:33.1) and eighth (49:33.8), respectively. Dartmouth handily won the event with 132 points while Laval University from Quebec took second with 85.
Senior Annie Hart (Stillwater, Minn.) once again led the charge for the women’s cross country squad with her fourth podium finish in four events this season, running the entire 15K Free race essentially in second place, where she finished with a time of 42:45.4. She was sandwiched by a pair of Vermont skiers on the podium with Anja Gruber taking the top spot in 42:30.4. But thanks to sophomores Corey Stock (Lincoln, Mass.) and Emily Hannah (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) who placed fourth and fifth, respectively, Dartmouth was able to win the event with 128 points. Stock posted a time of 43:12.2 with Hannah six seconds behind in 43:18.2.
One day after being forced to move the alpine events to Attitash due to snow conditions, the carnival continued on Saturday at Cannon Mountain as originally scheduled in snowy and windy conditions. Kistler recorded the third-fastest time on each of her two slalom runs which added up to 1:34.53 for a second-place finish. Like Hart in the 15K Free, she was flanked by a pair of Vermont skiers, though she beat out Kate Ryley, who had won the first four alpine events this season. Elise Tefre won the event for the Catamounts with a combined time of 1:33.28. The next Dartmouth skier to score points was sophomore Sara Kikut (Burlington, Vt.) in sixth place in 1:37.70, while sophomore Rose Caston (Salt Lake City, Utah) scored her first career points by placing 18th in 1:41.26. With three of the top four, however, Vermont won the event with 133 points, 26 ahead of Dartmouth in second place.
On the men’s side, junior Ben Morse (Carrabassett Valley, Maine) provided the best Big Green finish in the slalom in ninth place at 1:31.70. Sophomore Sam Macomber (Plymouth, N.H.) was just outside the top 10 with his combined time of 1:31.88, good for 11th, while freshman Dylan Brooks (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.) claimed 15th with his two consistent runs that added up to 1:32.81. As with the women, Vermont won three of the top four spots — led by Dominique Garand in 1:27.50 — and scored even better with 138 points. Middlebury was second with 109, host New Hampshire third with 107 and Dartmouth fourth with 85.
The alpine teams will compete again tomorrow at Burke Mountain to make up the slalom that was postponed on Jan. 11 as part of the Vermont Carnival. The Nordic events for the carnival will take place next Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 1-2) at Stowe, Vt. The host Catamounts have a slim 15-point lead with just the giant slalom in the books.