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Friday, February 8th

HANOVER, N.H. --- The Big Green ski team holds the lead after day one of the Dartmouth Winter Carnival.

In the women's 5-K nordic freesyle, Dartmouth continued it's season long domination as freshman Ida Sargent finished second and led a 2-5 finish for the hosts. But out front it was Middlebury's Alexa Turzian that earned the win.

"I'm used to skiing pretty hilly courses and lately we've been skiing flat courses, so this is definitely to my benefit and it was super fun.", said Turzian.

As for the men, Dartmouth placing two in the top three, but once again it's a Panther leading the way as Simmy Hamilton wins by over 30 seconds.

"2nd lap I came through and decided to turn it up a bit, poured it on, made it hurt and I did well.", said Hamilton.

Womens giant slalom. Dartmouth's Courtney Hammond wins one from the home team. U-V-M's Jilyne McDonald was the runner-up and part of a 2,3,4 finish for the SkiCats.

"It feels great to be able to come here and do that, be surrounded by the whole team. It was fun.", said Hammond.

Eric Mann wins the men's GS. Alec Tarberry from Middlebury was second after the first run, but he falls on run two, allowing his brother Ace from Dartmouth to leap onto the podium for a third place finish.

"Knowing that Ace made it on the podium was almost worth it. Ugh, not quite worth it though.", joked Alec.

With all four of its squads, men's and women's alpine and men's and women's nordic, placing in the top three, host Dartmouth holds the lead after day one with 376 points. Middlebury is second, 28 points back. New Hampshire is third with 323, a point ahead of UVM.

--- Seth Leavitt

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