LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — The Vermont Catamounts dominated Day One of competition Friday at the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) season opener at the St. Lawrence Carnival.
Vermont had the top competitor in all four events competed — men’s giant slalom, women’s giant slalom, women’s 5k classic and men’s 10k classic.
In the men’s giant slalom, the Catamounts swept the top two positions and three of the top four, with freshman Jonathan Nordbottom coming out on top in a combined time of 2:02.68 in his first collegiate race. Sophomore Robby Kelley was second in 2:02.94, Middlebury’s Robert Cone was third in 2:03.54, Catamount freshman Tim Kelley was fourth in 2:03.64 and Middlebury’s Bryan Shpall rounded out the top five in 2:03.80.
In the women’s giant slalom, Vermont took the top three spots as Lyndee Janowiak won the two-race competition in a combined time of 2:09.17. Sisters Meg and Kate Ryley took the next two places for the Catamounts as they finished in 2:09.40 and 2:09.63. Harvard’s Rebecca Nadler and St. Lawrence’s Ashley-Kate Durham were fourth and fifth in times of 2:10.16 and 2:10.29.
In the women’s 5k classic, Vermont junior Caitlin Patterson won the race by more than 40 seconds in a time of 18:15.4 as the Catamounts took four of the top five spots. Teammate Amy Glen was second in 18:59.1, New Hampshire’s Elizabeth Guiney was third in 19:20.9, Vermont’s Caitlin Curran was fourth in 19:21.8 and teammate Jane McClelland was fifth in 19:27.6.
In the men’s 10K classic, Scott Patterson, Caitlin’s brother, matched her performance by also taking first place. Patterson won in a time of 26:33.2, narrowly edging out Dartmouth’s Sam Tarling, who finished second in 26:34.7. The remainder of the top five consisted of Vermont’s Franz Bernstein in third (26:42.0), Dartmouth’s Eric Packer in fourth (27:07.8) and Williams’ Dimitri Luthi in fifth (27:18.2).
The Carnival concludes Saturday with the men’s and women’s slalom competition as well as the men’s 15km and women’s 10km freestyle Nordic events.