By: Rick Bender
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — Dartmouth succumbed to Vermont on the final day of the St. Lawrence Carnival as the Catamounts won both the men’s and women’s 10K classic races to surpass the Big Green by 30 points in the final standings, 895-865. Middlebury wrapped up the top three with 771 points over the three-day carnival.
The women launched first on another bitter cold morning at Mt. Hoevenberg, and three Big Green skiers were among the top 10 after the first lap with senior Taryn Hunt-Smith in third, junior Leah Brams in sixth and freshman Molly Gellert sitting eighth. Brams surged past Hunt-Smith on the second and final 5K loop to finish fourth overall in 34:47.6, a little more than six seconds from a podium step. Hunt-Smith was the next to cross the tape to take fifth in 34:59.3, while Gellert fell back into a tie for 11th in 35:46.2.
That trio was good for 111 points, while Vermont racked up 129 while being paced by Lina Sutro once again, who held off Middlebury’s Annika Landis for the gold by 1.6 seconds in 34:30.7. Catamount Margie Freed completed the podium in third at 34:41.2. The Panthers, meanwhile, finished one point behind the Big Green in third place.
Entering the men’s race, Dartmouth still held a 37-point advantage on Vermont, but the Catamounts had four skiers finish among the top five while the Big Green’s top skier, sophomore Adam Glueck, crossed the line in 12th in 29:57.9. Senior Callan Deline was running among the top 10 after the first loop but fell back into 20th with a time of 30:24.6, while classmate Gavin McEwen completed the Dartmouth scoring in 35th (31:24.8) as the Green placed sixth with 708 points.
Vermont’s Ben Ogden stepped on the top step of the podium with at time of 28:47.2 with teammate Bill Harmeyer nearly eight seconds behind in second place as the Catamounts posted 138 points to surge into the lead. Braden Becker of Williams skated across the finish line in third with a time of 29:22.2 as the Ephs edged out Middlebury for second, 98-94.
Dartmouth will next ski at the New Hampshire Carnival with the alpine events taking place at Cannon Mountain in Franconia and the cross country races being held at Jackson XC in Jackson beginning on Friday.