HANCOCK/RIPTON, Vt. — With four podiums and two individual victories, the Dartmouth ski team took the lead after the first day of the NCAA Regional at Middlebury with 483 points, but only 16 ahead of Vermont. Sophomore Tanguy Nef won the men’s slalom for the Big Green — his fifth victory this season — while freshman Katharine Ogden took home her fourth gold of the year by winning the women’s 5K Classic.
Dartmouth and Vermont each won two of the four events, with the Green taking the women’s 5K Classic and men’s slalom, while the Catamounts claimed the men’s 10K Classic and the giant slalom. But Dartmouth nearly swept the top-three spots in the cross-country race to create a little space ahead of Vermont in the team standings at the end of the day.
Warmer temperatures earlier in the week and a brisk wind today led to a fast, icy course, and Ogden took advantage of the conditions to win the race by over 13 seconds in 13:12.9 with Vermont’s Alayna Sonnesyn placing second. Junior Lydia Blanchet joined Ogden on the podium in third with a time of 13:31.9, while sophomore Lauren Jortberg crossed the tape in 13:51.5, good for fourth to give Dartmouth 135 points. The Catamounts took second with 114, while host Middlebury amassed 101.
The men raced the 10K Classic first at the Rikert Outdoor Center, and Colby’s Zane Fields and New Hampshire’s Peter Holmes zipped through the first of two laps with almost identical times, separated by a mere tenth of a second. Senior Luke Brown was 17 seconds behind their pace, but still good for fifth, while 14 other skiers were clumped within 12 seconds of each other to round out the top 20, including senior Callan DeLine and freshman Adam Glueck. Both Brown and DeLine maintained their spots in fifth (24:39.6) and 10th (24:58.6), respectively, as did Fields and Holmes with the former winning the race in 24:19.2. Glueck charged hard on the second lap, moving up eight spots into 11th while nearly surpassing DeLine’s time, just two-tenths of a second behind him.
Yet it was Vermont that won as a team with 105 points despite not having a single skier in the top five, though it did claim the next three spots. Middlebury collected 100 points for second place, Dartmouth totaled 98 for third, and UNH and Colby tied for fourth with 96.
Over at the Snow Bowl, the skiers enjoyed the fast conditions on the slopes, particularly Nef who boasted the best time on the first run, and the second-best on his next time down the mountain, winning the slalom for the third time this year with his time of 1:33.59, 0.7 seconds ahead of Vermont’s Sandy Vietze. The Big Green also had three others in the top 10 after the first run, starting with senior Brian McLaughlin sitting in fourth. He nearly caught Middlebury’s Erik Arvidsson on the second attempt, but came up a mere one one-hundredth of a second from stepping on the podium in 1:34.64. Senior Thomas Woolson rounded out the Big Green scorers in sixth (1:35.55), giving the team 128 points, 16 more than Vermont.
The women followed the men in the morning, and the Catamounts and Big Green dominated the race as the two teams combined to have the seven fastest times on the initial run, led by Vermont’s Paula Moltzan and Francesca English. The next four racers all skied for Dartmouth, led by junior Alexa Dlouhy in third, followed by senior Foreste Peterson in fourth, and the sophomore Stephanies — Currie and Lebby — fifth and sixth, respectively. The top four skiers maintained their places with Moltzan winning the slalom for the sixth time in six carnivals this year with a time of 1:35.89. Dlouhy picked up her fifth podium in the slalom in her five races in third (1:38.21), while Peterson was right behind in fourth (1:38.26) and Currie sixth (1:38.69) to provide 122 points for Dartmouth, 14 behind Vermont the Catamounts.
The carnival will conclude tomorrow with the freestyle Nordic races and the giant slalom, which starts at 9:30 a.m.