Friday, February 8th
HANOVER, N.H./CRAFTSBURY, VT - The University of Vermont ski team built a 58-point lead over Dartmouth after the first day of the Dartmouth Carnival on Friday. The Catamount alpine teams won the men's and women's giant slalom, while the Big Green Nordic teams took first in the classic races.
The nordic events taking place today and tomorrow at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center...today, it was the classical races starting with the women's 5k. Vermont's Anja Gruber skied away from the field. The Junior, coming off a victory last weekend at Trapp, beats Middlebury's Annie Pokorny by 18 seconds.
Dartmouth goes with volume, finishing fourth, fifth and sixth with Annie Hart leading the way and allowing the Big Green to pick up the most overall points.
The men's 10K race was all about the Cats and the Green...with Vermont and Dartmouth capturing the top six spots in the field. UVM's Scott Patterson skiing to the win, with teammates Dyland Grald and Jorgen Grav finishing fourth and sixth.
Dartmouth answers by placing two on the podium, Sam Tarling and Silas Talbot crossing the line in second and third. David Sinclair was fifth. Vermont gets the wins, but the Big Green come away with the most points from the first day at Craftsbury.
The Giant Slalom was held at the Dartmouth Skiway. Middlebury's David Donaldson wins the men's GS, fellow Panther Andrew McNealus was third. UVM's Sean Higgins second as the Cats place four in the top seven.
Vermont goes 1-2-3 in the women's GS. Kristina Riss-Johannessen earns the win, followed by Elli Terwiel and Kate Ryley. Dartmouth's Lizzie Kistler was fourth.
Thanks to the depth of their alpine performances, Vermont has opened a 58 point lead over the host Big Green after day one. Middlebury and UNH follow. St. Mike's is 12th. The Carnival concludes Saturday with slalom at the Skiway and freestyle relays at Craftsbury.
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