The Vermont Catamounts finished the day atop the leaderboard with 508 points while New Hampshire claimed third with 364 points.
Both the men’s and women’s cross country teams are racing this weekend some of their top talent in the Czech Republic as senior Sam Tarling (Cumberland, Maine) and junior Annie Hart (Stillwater, Minn.) are competing at the U23 World Championships, while freshmen Mary O’Connell (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) and Corey Stock (Lincoln, Mass.) are skiing with the Junior World Championship Team.
The men managed to overcome the loss of Tarling to edge Vermont in the team standings, 130-126. The Big Green boasted four of the top six finishers in the 20K Free on Friday with sophomore Silas Talbot (Anchorage, Alaska) taking second place in 48:05.8. The next skier to cross the finish line was senior Scott Lacy (Aspen, Colo.) in 48:16.7, giving Dartmouth two on the podium. Junior Steven Mangan (Honeoye, N.Y.) took fifth by traversing the course in 48:26.3, and junior David Sinclair (Waitsfield, Vt.) placed sixth in 48:40.2.
The Catamounts’ Scott Patterson took the individual title by a wide margin, besting the field by more than two minutes in 45:54.5.
In the women’s 15K Free, sophomore Carly Wynn (Queensbury, N.Y.) was the Big Green’s top finisher in sixth place, posting a time of 42:13.5 that was less than a second behind the fourth-place skier from Bowdoin. In 15th place was junior Isabel Caldwell (Peru, Vt.) in 43:33.1, with senior captain Megan Killigrew (Putney, Vt.) not far behind in 18th with a time of 44:12.1.
Dartmouth scored 88 points, good for third in team standings, as New Hampshire led the way with 132 and UVM finished second with 116. The top spot on the podium went to Anja Gruber of Vermont (41:27.4), but the next three finishers all came from UNH.
On the slopes of Whiteface Mountain, the women fared well with three posting times among the top 12. Freshman Lizzie Kistler (Santa Rosa, Calif.) had the 10th-best time on her first run, then moved up four spots with an excellent second run to finish in sixth with a combined time of 2:05.90. Sophomore Aylin Woodward (Pittsford, N.Y.) continued to impress by placing 11th in 2:07.20, while classmate Abby Fucigna (Hopkinton, Mass.) was right on her heels in 12th with a time of 2:07.31 from her two runs.
Vermont swept the podium with all three posting a time under 2:04.0, led by Kate Ryley (2:03.41).
Sophomore Hunter Black (Keystone, Colo.) had one of just seven runs that came in under a minute in the men’s giant slalom with his second run at 59.57 seconds as he placed fifth overall at 1:59.94. Coming in just outside the top 10 was fellow sophomore Trace Cummings Smith (Dedham, Mass.) after two solid runs that totaled 2:01.65. Also contributing to the Big Green’s 97 team points was freshman Robert Overing (Rothesay, N.B.) in 13th with a time of 2:01.82.
Vermont and Middlebury battled it out for top team honors with the Catamounts edging the Panthers by four points, 125-121. But it was Middlebury’s David Donaldson who claimed the top spot on the podium with a time of 1:58.14, more than a second ahead of the field.
The carnival will conclude tomorrow with the slalom and the free sprints. All of the events will begin at 9:30 a.m.