The Vermont men’s and women’s skiing team won its second consecutive EISA event, this time the Colby Carnival, which was held at Sugarloaf (alpine) and Bond Brook (Nordic) in Augusta, Maine, on Jan. 21-22.
The Catamounts swept all four of the alpine events on its way to a two-day total of 991 points , with Dartmouth in second with 867 and New Hampshire in third with 696.5 points. Middlebury and Williams rounded out the top five places with 639.5 and 591 points, respectively.
In the women’s giant slalom, Vermont took four of the top five spots and the Ryley sisters once again were in dominant form. Kate Ryley won top honors with a two-run total of 2:08.05, just narrowly edging out her sister Megan, who finished in 2:08.26. Fellow Catamount Lyndee Janowiak placed third in a time of 2:08.47, while Dartmouth’s Courtney Hammond was fourth in 2:09.52 and Vermont’s Valerie Kechian finished fifth in 2:10.29.
In the men’s giant slalom, Vermont had the top two finishers as Robby Kelley won the event with Sean Higgins in second. Kelley had a time of 2:03.03, while Higgins was more than a second back in 2:04.94. Middlebury’s Andrew McNealus was just out of the top two with a time of 2:04.99, while Dartmouth’s Trevor Leafe was fourth in 2:06.11, and Middlebury’s Hig Roberts was fifth in 2:06.23.
In the women’s slalom, in no surprise, the Ryley sisters were the top-two finishers again, but this time Megan won top honors in a time of 1:25.59, while Kate placed second in 1:26.96. Fellow Catamount Bryana Park was third in 1:27.87, while Dartmouth’s duo of Hammond and Annie Rendall top fourth and fifth in times of 1:28.27 and 1:28.28, respectively.
In men’s slalom, Vermont’s Tim Kelley posted the fastest two-run total on the day, finishing in 1:18.50. New Hampshire’s Paul Atkinson was just behind in second in 1:18.67, while Vermont’s Kevin Drury was third in 1:19.59, New Hampshire’s Taylor Vest-Burton was fourth in 1:20.55 and Dartmouth’s Leafe was fifth in 1:20.72.
The Nordic races were missing some of the top racers from the events on the weekend as they were representing the United States at the Junior and U-23 World Championships in Estonia. One of the competitors that was out of the country was Vermont’s Caitlin Patterson, who swept both events last weekend.
In the women’s 10k classic, Vermont’s Lucy Garrec took advantage of her teammate’s absence to take first place in a time of 40:08.1. Dartmouth’s Steph Crocker was the only other racer to break the 41 minute mark as she finished in 40:23.3. Vermont’s Anja Gruber was third in 41:00.6, while New Hampshire’s Natasha Kullas and Clare Egan took fourth and fifth in 41:04.0 and 41:06.1, respectively.
In the men’s 10k classic, Dartmouth took three of the top four places with Nils Koons winning the race in 31:27.6. Vermont’s Franz Bernstein was second in 31:36.8, the Big Green’s Eric Packer was third in 31:49.2, teammate Sam Tarling was fourth in 31:53.2, while Williams’ Dimitri Luthi was fifth in 31:55.2.
Instead of having an individual freestyle race, they had 3 x 5km freestyle relay races in both genders. In the women’s event, Dartmouth edged New Hampshire by less than a second as Rosie Brennan, Steph Crocker and Erika Flowers finished in 1:08:23.6, while Egan, Anya Bean and Elizabeth Guiney had a time of 1:08:24.5. Vermont’s trio of Caitlin Curran, Gruber and Garrec took third in 1:08:29.5.
In the men’s competition, Dartmouth’s trio of Packer, Koons and Tarling won with a time of 51:34.4. Vermont’s Fritz Horst, Bernstein and Alexander Howe were second in 51:44.7 and Dartmouth’s second team of Erik Fagerstrom, Gordon Vermeer and Scott Lacy finished third in 52:23.4.