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Big Green Closes Gap; Alpine Events Delayed

Craftsbury, Vt. — This weekend’s winter storm finally took its toll on the Dartmouth Winter Carnival, with high winds forcing the postponement of the men’s and women’s slalom races yesterday at Dartmouth Skiway in Lyme. But the 3x5-kilometer freestyle cross country races at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, and the Big Green men and women each posted the fastest times to finish a clean sweep of the Nordic events.

The alpine races will take place on a day as yet to be determined.

The University of Vermont was able to maintain its lead in the overall standings for the carnival by placing second in each race, but Dartmouth closed the gap to 38 points, 713-675. Middlebury sits a distant third with 565 points.

The men kicked off the action first, with Dartmouth dominating the event. Each school had two teams in the relay, and both of the Big Green trios bested the entire field. Senior Scott Lacy, sophomore Silas Talbot and senior Sam Tarling comprised the winning team, but it took a swift final 5K leg by Tarling to come from behind for the win. When Tarling took off, his group was in fourth place. But he began his dogged pursuit and never let up to allow Dartmouth to win by more than nine seconds with a time of 41 minutes, 58.7 seconds.

The Big Green also took second in the race thanks to the skiing of juniors Erik Fagerstrom, David Sinclair and Steven Mangan. Sinclair supplied one of four sub-14-minute legs by any skier on the day to enable Dartmouth to finish ahead of Vermont’s top threesome by more than 10 seconds.

Junior Annie Hart joined forces with a pair of rookies in Mary O’Connell and Corey Stock to win the women’s race by nearly a full minute.

Hart began the race with a 5K leg in 16:10.1, and it only got better from there as O’Connell delivered a 16:00.7 leg before Stock recorded the fastest leg of any competitor with a time of 15:46.8. Their combined time of 47:57.7 put them well ahead of Vermont at 48:57.2.

The other Big Green squad, made up of seniors Megan Killigrew and Emily Blackmer, plus sophomore Carly Wynn, took sixth place in 51:05.8.