Dartmouth Skiing Settles for Second at UVM Carnival

Stowe, Vt. — The Dartmouth ski team couldn’t make up a 30-point deficit to host Vermont yesterday, settling for second place as the Vermont Carnival finally came to a close.

The Big Green claimed both classic cross country races at the Trapp Family Lodge, but podium finishes by a pair of Catamount competitors enabled UVM to score an eight-point win over Dartmouth, 868-860. The cross country races wrapped a carnival that saw its alpine events held three weeks earlier.

The Big Green’s Sam Tarling took the top spot in the men’s 10K in 27 minutes, 42.7 seconds. Tarling held a one-point lead on eventual runner-up Scott Patterson of Vermont after the first 5K loop, stretching his eventual win to nearly 10 seconds. Silas Talbot, Steven Mangan and David Sinclair finished 4-5-6 for Dartmouth.

Annie Hart won the women’s 10K for Dartmouth, her time of 32:08.9 good for a six-second win over Middlebury’s Annie Pokorney. UVM’s Anja Gruber helped the home team by placing third.

Dartmouth hosts its winter carnival on Friday and Saturday, with alpine races at the Dartmouth Skiway and nordic races set for the Dartmouth Cross Country Ski Center at Oak Hill in Hanover.

H.S. Skiing

Lebanon at Sprint Meet

Gilford, n.h. — Kenny Weitzman and Kelsie Atwater both skied to third-place finishes for the Lebanon cross country ski team at a special knockout sprint meet held at Gunstock Mountain on Saturday.

The event featured a series of one-kilometer races to determine a knockout field of 32 competitors, who then faced off in four-racer matches to reduce their fields to a final quartet. Weitzman reached his final, trailing only Souhegan’s Jason Bender and Hanover’s Tucker Cadow across the line. Atwater also made her finals, taking third place as well.

Lincoln Crutchfield, Jeff Taylor, Ian Girdwood and Zach Liepold joined Weitzman in the boys knockouts, while Hallie Bergwall, Sarah Berman, Liz Peterson, Rachel Berg and Brenna Peterson did the same for the Raiders in the girls races. Lebanon also claimed a win from Eli Weitzman in the middle-school boys races; Zoe Liepold made the girls finals, and Dmitri Wright made the boys final eight.

“For us, as a whole team, it’s probably as well as we’ve skied in a long time,” Lebanon coach Les Lawrence said.

The Raiders will host a high school race at the Stafford Nordic Center tomorrow.

Girls Basketball

Brooks 40, KUA 26

North Andover, Mass. — The Wildcats (8-5) couldn’t get their offense going in a Saturday night loss to the Brooks School at Phillips Andover Academy.

Shannon Walsh hit three baskets in the first half, but KUA managed just five more points and trailed 21-11 at the break. Kimball Union managed a brief run late in regulation to cut Brooks’ lead to eight points, but no closer.

Kaitie Sanders had a solid two-way game for the Wildcats, who host Tilton tomorrow.