Vermont controls the slopes
Catamounts finished with 1,046 points
The Vermont ski team finished its dominance of the season opening Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association carnival with another fantastic performance Saturday at the St. Lawrence Carnival in Lake Placid, New York.
The Catamounts finished with 1,046 points, while Dartmouth was more than 200 points behind at 821 in second place. New Hampshire was third with 722 points, Middlebury was fourth with 669 and Williams was fifth in 621.
In the women’s slalom competition, Vermont’s Ryley sisters dominated by taking the first two spots. Megan was first with a combined two-run total of 1:39.28, while Kate was second in 1:39.62. Rounding out the top five was St. Lawrence’s Ashley-Kate Durham in 1:40.44; Dartmouth’s Annie Rendall was fourth in 1:41.41, Williams’ Geordie Lonza was fifth in 1:41.62.
The men’s slalom event was the first time all weekend that saw a non-Catamount skier on the top of the podium. New Hampshire’s Paul Atkinson did the duties as he had a two-run combined time of 1:30.67 to finish first. However, Vermont did take the next three places as Jonathan Nordbottom was second in 1:31.01, Tim Kelley was third in 1:31.49 and Kevin Drury was fourth in 1:31.76. Dartmouth’s Trevor Leafe finished fifth in 1:32.82.
On the Nordic side, Vermont’s Caitlin Patterson made it a weekend sweep as she finished up her classic title from yesterday with a first place finish in the 10k freestyle with a time of 30:36.9. Dartmouth’s Eriak Flowers was second (31:05.8), New Hampshire’s Clare Egan was third (31:11.0), St. Lawrence’s Leah Hart was fourth (31:30.7) and Williams’ Sarah Tory was fifth (31:45.6).
In the men’s 15k freestyle competition, Vermont’s Alexander Howe won by almost a full minute in a time of 39:54.8. However, Dartmouth swept the next four places as Eric Packer was second in 40:44.3, Nils Koons was third in 40:51.8, Scott Lacy was fourth in 41:01.9 and Sam Tarling placed fifth in 41:07.4.
The EISA will be back in action next weekend, January 21 and 22 at the Colby Carnival. The alpine competition will take place at Sugarloaf Resort, while the Nordic competition will be held at Titcomb in Farmington, Maine.