Dartmouth Holds Narrow Lead after Day One at UVM Carnival

STOWE, Vt. (WCAX) The Dartmouth and Vermont ski teams hold the top two spots on the leaderboard after the first day of competition at the UVM Winter Carnival.

The alpine portion is being held at Stowe. On Friday, it was the men's and women's giant slalom.

In the women's GS, UVM's Paula Moltzan had the fastest time in both the first and second runs to earn her third win of the season, beating the field by almost two and a half seconds. Teammate Rachel Desrochers was fourth.

"It feels pretty amazing to bring home a win not only for me but my mom's out here supporting, little Heidi's out here supporting me, and to have it for my whole team actually, not just for me," said Moltzan.

But Dartmouth put three skiers in the top five, with Foreste Peterson placing second for her fourth podium finish in four races. Claire Thomas was third and Kelly Moore fifth.

The men's race was dominated by UVM as the SkiCats placed three skiers in the top four. Max Roeisland earned his second win of the year by seven tenths of a second with teammates Sandy Vietze and David Frisk third and fourth respectively.

"I'm gonna be honest, today was really tough," said Roeisland. "Just the weather and the surface and the speed, the light and wind and everything was just really demanding so it was really really tough. It feels that much better."

The nordic events are taking place at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, and Friday featured a pair of mass start freestyle races.

In the women's 15K, UVM's Alayna Sonnesyn continued her dominant start to the season by picking up her fourth win in four events that she's competed in. Sonnesyn edged out Dartmouth's Katherine Ogden by three seconds.

SkiCat freshman Lina Sutro was third, but two members of the Big Green followed. Taryn Hunt-Smith was fourth and Abigail Drach finished fifth.

In the men's 20K, it was Colby's Zane Fields cruising to the win, with Middlebury's Adam Luban second. Dartmouth claimed the next three spots with Luke Brown in third, followed by Callan Deline and Gavin McEwen. Vermont's top finisher, junior Henry Harmeyer from South Burlington, crossed the line in seventh place.

Dartmouth leads the carnival with 486 points overall, but UVM is right behind at 479. Third place UNH has just 330 points. The carnival wraps up Saturday.