The Dartmouth men’s alpine team made a clean sweep of the podium in the giant slalom on the first day of competition at the Williams Carnival, leading the Big Green to the top of the standings with 506 points. All told, Dartmouth had seven top-three finishes in the four races, winning two of the four events as a team.
Senior Brian McLaughlin led the charge at Jiminy Peak right out of the gate, recording the fastest time on the first run, while fellow senior Thomas Woolson sat third and two others — freshmen Kalle Wagner and Peter Fucigna — were also in the top 10. Big Green skiers had the four fastest times in the afternoon with McLaughlin fourth, but in plenty of time to claim his first victory of the season and fifth of his career with a combined time of 1:40.53. Woolson and Wagner matched each other’s second run, boosting the former into second in 1:41.10 and the latter to his first career podium in third at 1:41.53. The fastest second attempt, however, came from senior Prescott McLaughlin, who vaulted 10 spots into sixth, the best finish in his career. And with Fucigna placing 10th, Dartmouth had five of the top-10 skiers on the day with the top three giving the Green 141 points, well ahead of three teams tied for second with 88 apiece.
The women opened the day’s racing with senior Foreste Peterson zipping down the slopes on her first run in 50.05 seconds to take the lead. Freshman Claire Thomas was within striking distance in fifth (50.61), while sophomore Stephanie Currie and senior Kelly Moore were also among the top 10. The second time down, however, was controlled by Vermont which recorded the three fastest times with two overtaking Peterson. The senior had a clean second run for a combined time of 1:42.89, but was hit with a big, sustained wind throughout her trek that slowed her enough to allow Paula Moltzan to claim the gold and Josefine Selvaag to beat her out by two-hundredths of a second for the silver. Thomas, meanwhile, moved into fourth place in 1:43.59 with Currie climbing four spots in the standings into fifth in 1:43.85, bringing the Big Green point total to 124. But with the third Catamount skier placing sixth, Vermont was the event as a team with 134 points.
The Nordic races were held over at Prospect Mountain across the border in Vermont, starting with the women’s 5K Classic. Fresh off sweeping the two cross-country races on her home course last week, freshman Katharine Ogden continued to leave others in her wake, taking the top step of the podium in a brisk 16:06.9, more than 30 seconds ahead of Middlebury’s Cate Brams in second. Junior Lydia Blanchet edged out Vermont’s Alayna Sonnesyn for the bronze by less than a second in 16:44.4, while two other Big Green skiers placed fifth (junior Taryn Hunt-Smith, 16:49.6) and sixth (sophomore Lauren Jortberg, 16:58.6). The top three brought 133 points to the Dartmouth tally, 20 ahead of Middlebury in second.
The Panthers exacted some revenge in the men’s 10K Classic with a one-two punch at the top of the leaderboard with Sam Wood winning the event in 29:45.4 and Lewis Nottonson right behind him. Dartmouth managed to claim the last step on the podium thanks to senior Callan DeLine who finished the course in 29:55.7. Freshman Adam Glueck placed seventh in 30:08.5, and junior Gavin McEwen was 12th (30:36.7) to round out the Dartmouth scorers, giving them 108 points, second to Middlebury’s 130.
The Big Green will enter the final day of the carnival with an 89-point lead over Vermont heading into the slalom and freestyle races. The men will begin the day on the slopes of Jiminy Peak at 9:10 a.m. with the women taking their first run after that. The cross-country races, however, have been changed from sprint heats to a prologue 3K for both the men and women, due to warmer temperatures, starting at 10 a.m.