Ski Teams Place Third At Dartmouth

2/14/04 - Middlebury saw its carnival win streak come to an end as Dartmouth won it's own carnival for the second straight season. The Big Green had 777 points, followed by Vermont with 729 and Middlebury with 713.

From EISA Release:

For the first time since 1974-75, Dartmouth has won its own winter carnival in consecutive years. At the 93rd annual Dartmouth Winter Carnival, Dartmouth skiers dominated cross-country for the second straight day, followed by strong performances at the Dartmouth Skiway.

In the women's giant slalom University of Vermont took the top four spots. Jamie Kingsbury finished first (2:07.58) and Hilary McCloy was second (2:08.04), Amy Cochran (2:08.26) was third and Jane Lemasurier took fourth place (2:09.12). Jessica Smith from Middlebury finished in fifth place (2:09.51). Dartmouth's Courtney Calise, Christin Lathrop and Alex Fucigna wrapped up the sixth, seventh and eighth spots.

UVM took the first two spots in the men's giant slalom. Paul Epstein finished first (2:02.99) and teammate Matt Knittle finished in second place (2:03.15). Fred Emich from Middlebury was in third place (2:03.28). Dartmouth's Roger Brown took fourth place (2:03.40) and Peter Millar Philips was fifth (2:04.01). As in the women's slalom, the Dartmouth men wrapped up three of the next five spots. Erik Kankainen took sixth, Paul McDonald was in seventh and Matt Hoisington finished ninth.

At Oak Hill, the nordic men and women started their events with a mass start. Andy Hunter from Dartmouth, fresh off a win yesterday, took first place again today. Mike Sinnot, also from Dartmouth took second place finish, matching his second place from yesterday. Garrott Kuzzy from Middlebury was third and Lowell Bailey from UVM was fourth. Dartmouth's Eben Sargent finished in fifth place.

In the nordic women's 15K classic Dartmouth took first and third places. Alison Crocker won her second race in a row (53:53.5). Kate Underwood from UNH was in second (55:03.1) and Dartmouth's Chrissy May finished third (55:39.0). Middlebury's Kate Newick finished in fourth place (56:17.5) and Kate Crawford from UVM took fifth place (56:21.9).

Next week the EISA carnival circuit moves to Williams College for the annual carnival. The alpine events take place at Jiminy Peak and Nordic events at Prospect Mountain.

1.Dartmouth 777

2. UVM 729

3. Middlebury 713

4. UNH 584

5. Williams 522

6. Bates 429.5

7. Colby 417.5

8. St. Lawrence 416.5

9. St. Michaels 249.5

10. Harvard 179

Dartmouth leads Carnival after first day

Dartmouth roared off defending last year's championship finishing almost thirty points ahead of Middlebury, the winner of the past three carnivals. The carnival kicked off this morning at the Cross Country course at Oak Hill and the Dartmouth skiway in Lyme.

The Nordic events, Dartmouth swept the women's 5K Freestyle and the men's 10K freestyle events. Alison Crocker skied solidly and took first place (14:24.9) almost eleven seconds ahead of the second place finisher. Crocker just returned from World Juniors in Norway, with her best finish, 38th, in the 15K classic race. " Its nice to be home" she said. "The biggest difference between racing in Europe and racing here is the feel of it with friends and family cheering us on." In second place was Claire Anderson from Middlebury (14:35.8). In third from Middlebury was Kate Newick (14:36.3). UVM and Middlebury took the next two spots with Kate Crawford and Kate Whitcomb.

Andy Hunter took first place (25:45.7), with teammate Mike Sinnott right behind him (25:48.9). Hunter said, " The pace was the key to the race. My goal was to go out and ski an even race, even though I was a little mentally slow over the first few hills, but I was able to pull myself through." In third was Lowell Bailey of Saint Lawrence (29:10.5). UVM had the fourth and fifth places by teammates Lowell Bailey (26:15.7) and Anders Osthus (26:23.1). Dartmouth's Eben Sargent finished in seventh place.

In the men's slalom event, Dartmouth had a strong finish. After the first run, three men were in the top five. Nobody could beat Warner Nickerson from Colby who got his third slalom win in a row. Nickerson said, "The real winner was Jimmy Cochran (skiing unafilliated) today. It's always a treat seeing him ski" Dartmouth took the next four finishes. Paul McDonald from Dartmouth finished in second place just 8 hundredths behind Nickerson. McDonald made some mistakes in the first run and was fourth, but moved up with strong skiing. "It was a good day" McDonald said. Erik Kankainen was first after first run, but ended up in third overall. Dartmouth's Karl Johnson finished in fourth and Roger Brown in fifth. Matt Hoisington finished in 8th place.

The women's slalom event was a tight race between Courtney Calise and Hilary McCloy. Courtney Calise of Dartmouth won her third slalom event this season (1.40.99). She was first after the first run and said, "It's a hot streak. I think everyone had trouble on this course, but I pulled it off and it was fun. I'm excited for GS tomorrow." UVM took second and third places, Hilary McCloy (1.41.09) and Jamie Kingsbury (1.42.07) respectively. Jessica Smith from Middlebury finished in fifth place (. Although Dartmouth's Lindsey Mann was in third and Alex Fucigna in seventh after first run, they had trouble on the second run and did not end up in the top ten. Dartmouth senior captain Emily Copeland finished in sixth place.(results)