RUMFORD/SUNDAY RIVER, Maine — Rain could not dampen the Dartmouth ski team at the NCAA Regional as the Big Green jumped out to a 47-point lead following the first day of competition at the Bates Carnival. Juniors Foreste Peterson and Brian McLaughlin won the women’s and men’s giant slalom, which was shortened to just one run on account of the rain, as Dartmouth rode those events to the lead ahead of Vermont.

Middlebury’s Caroline Bartlett began the day of competition with a sparkling time of 1:12.34, and was followed by Mardene Haskell of Colby in 1:12.53. The first Big Green skier to hit the slopes at Sunday River was freshman Stephanie Currie, who came up just short of the duo in 1:12.89. But Peterson came through with the best time of the morning in 1:11.83, which held up against the rest of the field. Junior Kelly Moore just missed the podium in fourth place with her time of 1:12.63 while Currie settled for sixth as Dartmouth racked up 128 points, easily besting Middlebury’s 102.

Like Peterson, McLaughlin took hold of the top spot on the fifth run of the men’s giant slalom. His time of 1:13.36 just nipped his teammate, freshman Tanguy Nef, who finished the run in 1:13.42. The Big Green nearly made it a clean sweep of the podium, but senior Thomas Woolson had to settle for fourth place in 1:13.62, just a tenth of a second behind Middlebury’s Robert Cone. The Dartmouth trio amassed 138 points while Vermont totaled 109 and Middlebury 103.

Over at Black Mountain, the course was a bit of a slog with the recent warmer weather. The men were first up with the 10K Classic, and a Williams duo separated themselves from the pack to take the top two spots. The race for third was heated as senior Fabian Stocek frantically attempted to make up ground on the second lap after sitting in 10th after the first loop. He came up just a few seconds short of the podium, however, claiming fourth in 29:39.6 with Maine-Presque Isle’s Connor Hrynuk just ahead of him in third at 29:36.9. Junior Callan DeLine was next in line with his time of 29:52.9 to take fifth, while sophomore Gavin McEwen snuck into the top 10, posting a time of 30:19.9, good for 10th. Although Williams won the event with 134 points, the Big Green finished second with 111.

The top finisher for the Dartmouth women in the 5K Classic was the appropriately named Zoe Snow with the sophomore placing eighth in 17:07.11. Freshman Lauren Jortberg was just shy of the top 10 with her 11th-place time of 17:13.32, while sophomore Emily Hyde also scored for the Green in 18th place at 17:28.31. Sadie James of the host school won the gold with two Vermont skiers joining her on the podium as the Catamounts won the event with 122 points. Dartmouth finished fourth (87), with Bates (94) and New Hampshire (91) in between.

The action will continue on Saturday morning with the men’s slalom starting at 9:15 a.m. and the men’s 20K Freestyle mass start kicking off at 10.