MIDDLEBURY, Vt.—The University of Vermont took a narrow lead over Dartmouth College, 454 points to 443, after the first day of competition at the Middlebury College Winter Carnival on Feb. 15, with the host school in third (385 points), just ahead of the University of New Hampshire (351).
On a relatively warm, overcast day in the Green Mountains with
occasional glimpses of sun, UVM and Dartmouth each shone in two of the
four events contested. UVM took the women’s 5km classic race at the
Rikert Nordic Center and the men’s slalom at the Middlebury College Snow
Bowl. Dartmouth captured the men’s 10km classic and the women’s slalom.
Middlebury was second in the men’s slalom, and third in the other three
The individual winners came from four different schools: Middlebury’s Annie Pokorny won the women’s 5km classic, Dartmouth’s Sam Tarling the 10km classic, UVM’s Travis Dawson the men’s slalom, and Williams College’s Geordie Lonza the women’s slalom.
In the men’s slalom on the Ross trail at the Snow Bowl, UVM’s Dawson turned in a dominant performance, with a two-run time of 1:34.32, nearly a second ahead of runner-up Coley Oliver of UNH. Just one-hundredth further back was Andrew McNealus of Middlebury, followed closely by teammate Hig Roberts. UVM’s Dominique Garand rounded out the top five. Middlebury’s David Donaldson, one of the favorites, failed to finish the first run. He will try to remain perfect in carnival GS races in Saturday’s race.
In the women’s slalom, Lonza finished with a total time of 1:39.64, 0.25 seconds ahead of UVM’s Kate Ryley. Third place went to Dartmouth’s Sara Kikut in 1:40.69, with Bates College’s Anne Rockwell fourth and Randa Teschner of UNH in fifth. UVM’s Kristina Riis-Johannessen, who has been the top slalom skier on the circuit this winter, won the first run by more than a second, but took a painful spill in her second and failed to finish.
In the morning’s 5km classic race at Rikert, Pokorny won her second race of the season, finishing in 15:32.7, almost 20 seconds ahead of Catherine Auclair of Quebec’s Laval University. Another second back was Anja Gruber of UVM in third, and just three tenths behind her was Annie Hart of Dartmouth. Fifth place went to UVM’s Linda Danvind-Malm.
Dartmouth’s Tarling set a fast pace despite tricky waxing conditions in the men’s 10km classic race, winning in 25:36.7, with teammate Silas Talbot in second place, about eight seconds back. UVM’s Scott Patterson, the points leader coming into the race, was third in 25:52.5, with Will Wicherski of Williams in fourth place, and Middlebury’s Ben Lustgarten in fifth.
Action continues on Saturday with the men’s and women’s giant slalom races at the Snow Bowl and the women’s 15km mass start freestyle and the men’s 20km mass start freestyle at the Rikert Nordic Center.
EISA Skiing: Middlebury College Winter Carnival
Team scores after first day, February 15
1. University of Vermont 454.0
2. Dartmouth College 443.0
3. Middlebury College 385.0
4. University of New Hampshire 351.0
5. Williams College 286.0
6. St. Lawrence University 245.0
7. Colby College 212.0
8. Bates College 184.0
9. Harvard University 180.0
10. St. Michael’s College 121.0
11. Bowdoin College 97.0
12. University of Laval 94.0
13. University of Maine-Presque Isle 59.0
14. Boston College 53.0
15. Plymouth State College 48.0
16. Colby-Sawyer College 42.0