Friday, February 21st
With the NCAA's in Utah, the local college ski season wrapping up with the EISA Championships at Middlebury. Opening day was Friday with the nordic classic races at Rikert.
In the women's 5K, UVM places second fourth and sixth with Linda Danvind-Malm leading the way with a second place finish.
Dartmouth's Annie Hart skies to the win in just over seventeen minutes with her Big Green teammate Corey Stock coming in third.
In the men's 10K, the Vermont depth showing itself again. The Cats crossing the line second, third and fourth with Scott Patterson the top SkiCat on the podium.
But he finished a full fifty seconds back of Middlebury's Ben Lustgarten. The senior from Burlington, coming back from a concussion, picking up his first win of the season in dominant fashion.
There was a lightning strike at the Middlebury Snow Bowl in the middle of the second run of the women's slalom. Fortunately it appears no one was hurt, but the race was immediately stopped. For scoring purposes, officials used the results of the morning's first slalom run, giving Dartmouth's Lizzie Kistler the win as the Big Green put four skiers in the top eight.
The men did get two full legs in. Dartmouth was strong again in that event, Ben Morse coming in second with three Big Greeners in the top seven overall.
But Vermont puts three in the top ten. Taylor Wunsch with the win, by just 15-hundreths of a second over Morse, with Taylor's Cat teammate Jonothon Nordbotten finishing third.
With day one in the books, Vermont holds a 16 point lead over Dartmouth. Middlebury is a distant third. The Carnival concludes with the giant slalom and mass start freestyle races Saturday.
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