STOWE — The University of Vermont Carnival quickly turned into a two-school showdown Friday, with UVM opening up a 41-point victory over Dartmouth heading into Saturday’s final races.
The Catamounts amassed 510 points and Dartmouth finished with 469 points, while Middlebury sits far back in third (246). Last season, Dartmouth narrowly beat Vermont, 969-932, at the UVM Carnival. Since then, the Big Green have won five of the last six EISA carnivals.
UVM’S Francesca English was the women’s GS winner with a two-run time of 2 minutes, 9.38 seconds at Stowe Mountain Resort. Teammate Rachel Desrochers placed third (2:11.69) and Josefine Selvaag was eighth (2:12.34) for Vermont. Mad River Valley product Lydia Riddell was 12th (2:13.09).
Dartmouth’s Drew Duffy won the men’s GS race in 2:04.84. UVM’s Max Roeisland was second (1:02.26) and Middlebury’s Tim Gavetti was third (2:05.44). Patrick McConville (sixth, 2:06.48) and David Frisk (seventh, 2:06.7) also stepped up for UVM.
Bill Harmeyer (26:51) won the men’s 10k Nordic race and was followed by teammates Ben Ogden (26:56.9) and Karl Sculz (27:02.1). Last Saturday, Ogden helped the United States win a gold medal in the 4x5k relay in Finland on the final day of competition at the Nordic Junior World Ski Championships. The Landgrove native was also the top American skier in the Classic Sprint.
Woodstock graduate Zane Fields placed fourth (27:16) for Colby. Rounding out the top UVM skiers were Ian Moore (seventh, 27:44), Finn O’Connell (eighth, 27:50.3), Juri Miosga (11th, 28:06.1), Henry Harmeyer (12th, 28:07.6) and Gregory Burt (13th, 28:15.4). So far this season, the UVM men’s Nordic squad has won all five races.
UVM’s Evelina Sutro won the women’s 5k race in 14:42. Sutro recently competed for the U.S. in Lahti, Finland in the U23 World Ski Championships. She was one of four Americans to finish in the top 30 in the 10k skate race, finishing 18th.
During Friday’s race, the women started after the men and Sutro benefited from some advice offered by her teammates.
“They said to just keep on pushing up that last hill, and to ski over the top to conserve energy,” she said.
Middlesex skier Rena Schwartz (15:41) helped the Dartmouth women pack eight skiers in the top 11. Middlebury’s Annika Landis placed eighth (15:40).
Later this year, the Catamounts will host the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2011. Competition will run from March 6-9. Alpine races will take place at Stowe Mountain Resort while the Nordic races will be held at Trapp Family Lodge.
Men’s and Women’s Slalom 1st Run
Women’s 15k Classic
Men’s 20k Classic
Men’s and Women’s Slalom 2nd Run