Jan. 17, 2010

 

Courtesy of the EISA

Lake Placid, NY: The year may be new but by the looks of it the story isn't. Dartmouth entrenched its lead to a comfortable 108 points over runner up University of Vermont for a solid win.
    
Conditions may not have been the bluebird skies that greeted teams when they arrived on Thursday but they certainly weren't the wild fluctuations of yesterday. Temperatures evened out and the snow stabilized. Even with this stabilization one might have been able to borrow a bobsled from nearby Lake Placid bobsleigh track and safely run it through some of the ruts that formed for the Alpine Slalom. The skiing was anything but easy.
   
The men's 20k Skate Nordic race, held on the Olympic Biathlon course, was won in dramatic style by the University of New Hampshire's Dylan McGuffin (54m58s). McGuffin was followed by the Dartmouth duo of Patrick O'Brien (55m06s) and Nils Koons (55m09s). On the women's side it was a repeat win for Dartmouth's Ida Sargent (47m45s) taking the win, followed by the University of Vermont's Caitlin Patterson (47m52s), and with Dartmouth's Rosie Brennan (48m21s) rounding out the top three.
   
On the steeps of Whiteface where the Alpine Slalom was held there was another familiar name from yesterday, the University of Vermont's Giant Slalom winner also became their Slalom winner. David Donaldson (1:36.30) commanded another win with two consistently fast and aggressive runs. Dartmouth's Ace Tarberry (1:37.39) took second while Colby's Vincent Lebrun-Fortin (1:37.61) took third. The women's side saw a familiar face from last year with Courtney Hammond (1:52.33) returning to the winner's circle. Hot on her heels were two University of Vermont Catamounts Megan Ryley (1:52.35) and Lyndee Janowiak (1:53.21).
    
Looking at the team results the University of Vermont took the Alpine events both days but Dartmouth's crushing Nordic performances more than outdid any lead won by the University of Vermont on the steeps. The final tally was Dartmouth with 957 points, the University of Vermont with 849 points, and the University of New Hampshire with 828 points. Check back next weekend to see if another school can give Dartmouth a run for its money at the St. Michaels College carnival held at Sleepy Hollow and Smuggler's Notch.