Dartmouth challenging Vermont
Big Green dominates Nordic competition at home carnival
Mark Bedics, NCAA.com
Vermont has won each of the first three Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) so far this season. However, Dartmouth is making a run at breaking the streak after the first of two days of competition at its home Carnival in Hanover, N.H.
Vermont leads the competition with 500 points, but Dartmouth is narrowly behind with 454. Middlebury sits in third with 361.5, while Middlebury is fourth with 339.5 and Williams rounds out the top five with 292 points.
Dartmouth dominated both the men’s and women’s Nordic competition Friday. Vermont’s Caitlin Patterson kept her unbeaten streak alive as she won her fifth race in five tries with a time of 13:44.7 in the 5k freestyle competition. However, the Big Green swept the next three spots as Erika Flowers, Rosie Brennan and Hannah Dreissigacker finished two, three and four.
In the men’s 10k freestyle, Dartmouth took the top two places as Sam Tarling won in a time of 24:17.5 and Eric Packer was 10 seconds behind in second. The Catamounts were able to keep pace as they took the next three spot with Scott Patterson in third and Franz Bernstein and Alexander Howe tied for fourth.
In the women’s giant slalom, the Big Green’s Courtney Hammond won the title on her home hill with a two-run combined time of 1:57.21. Vermont’s Kate Ryley was second in 1:57.67, Williams’ Geordie Lonza was third in 1:58.04, Middlebury’s Nicole Dvorak was fourth in 1:58.17, while Vermont’s Valerie Kechian was fifth in 1:58.19.
In the men’s giant slalom, Vermont took the top two spots as Jonathan Nordbotten won his third straight race in a two-run combined time of 1:54.02. His teammate Robby Kelley took second in 1:54.93, while Middlebury’s Robert Cone was third in 1:55.14, Dartmouth’s Trevor Leafe was fourth in 1:55.40 and Vermont’s Kevin Drury was fifth in 1:55.43.