UVM wins Dartmouth Carnival, photo finish for classic race
Vermont may not have broken the 1,000 point mark this weekend at the Dartmouth Carnival, but the Catamounts firmly reestablished their position atop the EISA leader board after a blowout performance, winning by a 162 point margin. Dartmouth finished second with 820 and the University of New Hampshire was third with 722 points.
The women's 15k classic mass start event at the Trapp Family Lodge came down to a photo finish and a UVM podium sweep with Lucy Garrec, Amy Glen, and Caitlin Patterson finishing in that order. On team strategy, Garrec remarked, "At the last hill into the 2.5k, Amy and I went for it and pushed the flats. It turned into a sprint... and a photo finish. We looked back and were pumped to see Caitlin right there." Dartmouth's Annie Hart and Sophie Caldwell were fourth and sixth, respectively.
In the men's 20k classic mass start race, Dartmouth's Eric Packer took the win, Sam Tarling finished third, and Gordon Vermeer was fourth. Middlebury's Patrick Johnson made another appearance on the podium as well this weekend in second, and his Panther teammate Benjamin Lustgarten was fifth. It was a breakout weekend for the Middlebury Men's Nordic Team who now pose a viable threat to the Dartmouth and Vermont alternations of yore.
The slalom races at the Dartmouth Skiway were contested under partly sunny skies. In the women's race, UVM's Elise Tefre won and Kate Ryley was third. Tefre, who has been close to a win all season but had yet to seal the deal, commented, "I wasn't nervous today and was able to relax. I just tried not to think about the fact that I was leading after first run. The [second run] course was open, so I had room and space to create speed." Dartmouth's Annie Rendall was second, and Williams put in a solid team effort with Laurel Carter and Geordie Lonza finishing fourth and fifth.
The men's race saw the now familiar Vermont podium sweep led by Tim Kelley and supported by Bobby Farrell in second and Jonathan Nordbotten in third. Dartmouth's Ben Morse was fifth, New Hampshire's Coley Oliver was sixth, and Middlebury's Andrew McNealus was seventh.
The make-up giant slalom race of the UNH Carnival will take place tomorrow (Feb. 12) at Burke Mountain in Vermont.
Team scores at the conclusion of the Dartmouth Carnival:
Vermont - 982
Dartmouth - 820
New Hampshire - 722
Middlebury - 712
Williams - 548
Bates - 519
Colby - 462
St. Lawrence - 442
Harvard - 340
St. Michael's - 290
Universite' Laval - 167
Plymouth State - 141
Colby-Sawyer - 132
Boston College - 37
Photo of race winner Elise Tefre by C.J. Feehan