BARTLETT, N.H. — On top again!
It has been a long time coming — 31 years, to be exact — but Dartmouth returned the NCAA crown to the former home of college skiing, winning the title yesterday at Attitash with 698 points to second-place Denver's 648. Another perennial powerhouse, the University of Colorado, placed third with 592 points.
Not since 1976, when Dartmouth shared the title with Colorado, had the Big Green come close to winning a national title in any sport. The last time they won the skiing title outright was 1958, though Dartmouth dominated national ski racing in the pre-World War II years.
After that, momentum shifted to the Rocky Mountain colleges, leaving Dartmouth to chase the West, coming as close as third last year. Aside from Vermont's five national titles between 1980 and 1994, and Dartmouth's titles, Western teams have won every year since 1954.
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