With three individual wins and team victories in three of the four events, the Dartmouth ski team took control at its home carnival as the Big Green boasted 513 points by the day’s end, 75 ahead of second-place Vermont. Senior Foreste Peterson, sophomore Tanguy Nef and freshman Katharine Ogden all each took the gold in their respective races with Dartmouth took half of the podium steps on Friday.
The day began at the Dartmouth Skiway under cloudy skies but otherwise terrific conditions. The women were up first in the giant slalom, and Peterson immediately raced to the front with the best time of 1:01.85 with three others — senior Kelly Moore, junior Alexa Dlouhy and freshman Claire Thomas — bunched between sixth and ninth, less than a tenth of a second apart.
On the men’s first run, Dartmouth blitzed its way to the front with the top four times, led by Nef in 1:00:10. Senior Brian McLaughlin was not far behind in 1:00:17 while his classmate, Thomas Woolson, sat third and freshman Kalle Wagner fourth, all under 1:00.60.
In the afternoon, Peterson did plenty to hold on to the top spot to win with her combined time of 2:05.76, holding off Vermont’s hard-charging Paula Moltzan by 0.35 seconds. Thomas put together the second-fastest run, behind only Moltzan, to jump from ninth into fourth with her time of 2:06.61, trailing Josefine Selvaag of Vermont for the last podium step. The other skier to score for the Big Green was Moore in seventh in 2:07.32, but the Catamounts narrowly edged out Dartmouth for the team title, 128-126.
Nef continued his strong racing with the best time on the second run as well to win the GS with a time of 2:01.16, while McLaughlin held his position in second at 2:01.72. The third scorer for the Big Green men was a skier that wasn’t among the top four after the first run as sophomore David Domonoske jumped up to fifth overall in 2:02.34, less than two-tenths of a second ahead of Woolson in sixth. The top three totaled 136 points, easily outdistancing Middlebury and Vermont with 100 and 99, respectively.
Over at Oak Hill, the men launched first for the 10K Classic, and at the 3.6K checkpoint, junior Gavin McEwen was leading the Dartmouth skiers in seventh while seniors Luke Brown and Callan DeLine were running 10th and 11th, respectively. Brown has made a habit of finishing strong, however, and today was no different as he clawed his way toward the leaders to land on the podium in third in 31:08.7, trailing only New Hampshire’s Peter Holmes and Colby’s Zane Fields with approximately 15-second intervals between the three. DeLine also came on strong, and pulled into fifth in 31:17.0, less than two seconds out of fourth, while McEwen placed 11th in 31:36.9, giving the Big Green just enough to beat out Vermont for the team title, 113-109.
The strongest showing on the day came from the women’s Nordic squad, which took four of the top five spots. That was how the race was shaping up at the checkpoint with Ogden leading Vermont’s Alayna Sonnesyn by seven seconds and sophomore Lauren Jortberg in third about 10 seconds behind Sonnesyn. While Ogden continued on to win by a comfortable 40-second margin in 34:28.5, Jortberg overtook Sonnesyn and cruised across the tape in second by more than 30 seconds in 35:08.3. The race to provide the final points for Dartmouth came down to the end as junior Taryn Hunt-Smith edged out senior Emily Hyde by a mere second in 36:44 for fourth. The Big Green recorded 138 points to best the Catamounts in a distant second place with 102.
The carnival will conclude on Saturday beginning with the slalom at Dartmouth Skiway at 9 a.m., while the freestyle races at Oak Hill will begin at 10 a.m. with men’s 10K.