Mark Bedics,

The Vermont ski team got off to a solid start with winners in each of the four events at its home carnival Friday in Stowe, Vt., which is the third of the season on the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association circuit.

In the Nordic events, the Catamounts swept the top three places in the women’s race at the Trapp Family Lodge. Caitlin Patterson, who was back in the United States for less than 72 hours after competing in Estonia at the World Championships for the US team, won the 15k classic event in a time of 53:37.8, just two seconds better than her teammate, Amy Glen. Lucy Garrec capped off the podium sweep for the Catamounts finishing less than six seconds after Glen. Dartmouth’s Rosie Brennan and Erika Flowers rounded out the top five with times of 54:04 and 54:05, respectively.

In the men’s 20k classic, Vermont’s Franz Bernstein was the first person to cross the line in a time of 1:01.19. Dartmouth swept the next three places as Eric Packer, Sam Tarling and Nils Koons were second, third and fourth all within 18 seconds of the winner. Williams’ Dimitri Luthi placed fifth in a time 1:02.58. Vermont’s Scott Patterson, who also competed in Estonia, finished sixth.

In the women’s giant slalom at Stowe Mountain Resort, Vermont took three of the top six spots and were led by Kate Ryley who won the event in a two-run combined time of 2:06.10. New Hampshire’s Laura Rozinowicz was second in 2:06.76, while Kate’s sister Megan was third just one-hundredth of a second back in 2:06.77. Dartmouth’s Courtney Hammond was fourth in 2:06.86, while Middlebury’s Nicole Dvorak was fifth in 2:06.93.

In the men’s giant slalom, the Catamounts took the top two spots as Jonathan Nordbotten posted his second victory on the season in resounding fashion as he had the fastest two-run time of 2:01.66. Teammate Robby Kelley was second in 2:02.05, Middlebury’s Robert Cone was third in 2:02.78, New Hampshire’s Chad Lawrence was fourth in 2:02.88 and his teammate Sam Coffey was fifth in 2:02.91.

The Vermont Carnival will conclude Saturday with the men’s and women’s slalom and the women’s 5k and men’s 10k classic.