LYME, N.H./STOWE, Vt. -- Vermont returned to the EISA circuit with a roster not yet at full strength and still commanded the opening day of the Dartmouth Carnival. UVM currently has a 118 point lead on its nearest competitor, the Big Green. Dartmouth and Middlebury sit neck and neck with 382 and 379 points, respectively.
Nordic races were relocated to the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vt. as a result of unfavorable snow conditions in Hanover, N.H. In the women's 5K freestyle event, Dartmouth's Sophie Caldwell claimed the win with UVM's Caitlin Patterson and Lucy Garrec hot on her tail in second and third.
The men's 10K saw Middlebury phenom Patrick Johnson back on the top step, joined by two other Panther teammates, Ben Lustgarten and Chase Marston, in the top 10.
Dartmouth's Sam Tarling took a fall when a squirrel errantly crossed his path, but he was able to recover for second. Vermont's Alexander Howe was third. In overall scoring, a mere four points separated the first and third place teams in the men's race.
The giant slalom races were contested as originally planned at the Dartmouth Skiway. Catamount Kate Ryley nabbed the win and teammate Elise Tefre was fifth. Harvard's Rebecca Nadler finished second and Geordie Lonza of Williams was third.
The men's giant slalom podium was a full sweep for Vermont. Jonathan Nordbotten returned from the World Cup and NorAm circuits to claim the win. Bobby Farrell was back on the podium in second, and Sean Higgins was third.