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Big Green Races to Second After First Day of Carnival

  • Dartmouth ski racer Lizzie Kistler puts her skis on just before the start of the men’s race at the Dartmouth Winter Carnival at Dartmouth Skiway in Lyme yesterday. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)

    Dartmouth ski racer Lizzie Kistler puts her skis on just before the start of the men’s race at the Dartmouth Winter Carnival at Dartmouth Skiway in Lyme yesterday. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Dartmouth racer Hunter Black at the end of his giant slalom race yesterday at the Dartmouth Skiway. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)

    Dartmouth racer Hunter Black at the end of his giant slalom race yesterday at the Dartmouth Skiway. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Dartmouth racer Rose Caston clears one of the last gates in the giant slalom. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)

    Dartmouth racer Rose Caston clears one of the last gates in the giant slalom. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Dartmouth Collge's Ben Morse, left, and Hunter Black watch other races after their first run. (<br/>Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)

    Dartmouth Collge's Ben Morse, left, and Hunter Black watch other races after their first run. (
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  • Dartmouth ski racer Lizzie Kistler puts her skis on just before the start of the men’s race at the Dartmouth Winter Carnival at Dartmouth Skiway in Lyme yesterday. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)
  • Dartmouth racer Hunter Black at the end of his giant slalom race yesterday at the Dartmouth Skiway. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)
  • Dartmouth racer Rose Caston clears one of the last gates in the giant slalom. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)
  • Dartmouth Collge's Ben Morse, left, and Hunter Black watch other races after their first run. (<br/>Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)

With much of New England hunkered down as a winter storm pummeled the area, the Dartmouth College ski team was enjoying the snow at its annual winter carnival. The host Big Green won both Nordic events to securely finish the day in second place behind the University of Vermont, trailing the Catamounts by 58 points, 501-443. Middlebury trails Dartmouth by 60 points in third place.

Had the storm arrived just a couple of days previously, Dartmouth likely would not have been forced to move the cross country races from Hanover 90 miles north to the Craftsbury (Vt.) Outdoor Center. Warmer temperatures and rain last week had all but eliminated the ground cover at the Dartmouth Cross Country Ski Center on Oak Hill in Hanover.

Craftsbury proved to be quite welcoming for the Big Green cross-country teams with the women besting UVM by eight points in the 5-kilometer Classic and the men nipping the Catamounts by two in the 10K Classic. Senior Sam Tarling and sophomore Silas Talbot both claimed spots on the podium in second and third, respectively. Tarling zipped through the course in 30 minutes, 16.5 seconds, while Talbot posted a time of 30:36.3. Only Vermont’s Scott Patterson crossed the finish line faster (29:55.8). Junior David Sinclair gave the Dartmouth three skiers in the top five, recording a 30:52.9 to place fifth. Although they didn’t score points for the Big Green, senior Scott Lacy and junior Steven Mangan also finished among the top 10.

The women clustered their efforts to take fourth, fifth and sixth to win the 5K Classic. Junior Annie Hart narrowly missed out on the podium, trailing the third-place finisher by just half a second in 17:05.7. The next racer to finish was Big Green freshman Corey Stock in 17:10.5, with classmate Mary O’Connell in sixth at 17:13.8. The 117 points the trio accounted for enabled them to overcome Vermont, which saw Anja Gruber win the race in 16:43.3.

Back in Lyme at Dartmouth Skiway, the slopes proved to be much slower in the morning than later in the day for the second run. Both the Big Green men and women had a skier come in fourth place. Freshman Lizzie Kistler put together two quality runs for a time of 2:06.89, but it wasn’t quite fast enough to break up the Vermont triumvirate that swept the podium. Dartmouth sophomore Abigail Fucigna zipped down the slopes in 2:08.94, good for seventh, and junior Annie Rendall scored points in 18th with a combined time of 2:10.42. The three combined for 101 points, one more than third-place Middlebury.

For the men, sophomore Ben Morse led the Dartmouth contingency in fourth with a two-run time of 2:01.11, just four-hundredths of a second from the podium. Another sophomore, Trace Cummings Smith, gave the Big Green a second top-10 finish with a time of 2:01.86 to claim 10th. Dartmouth’s other point scorer was Hunter Black, another sophomore, who placed 20th at 2:03.37.

The 95 points put the men in fourth behind Vermont (123), Middlebury (120) and New Hampshire (97).

The carnival will conclude today, with the slalom beginning at 9:30 a.m., and the 3x5-kilometer relay at 10 a.m.