Though an afternoon storm warning was being issued over the radio station in Stowe, Vermont, those who were witness to the hard-cut corduroy, bluebird skies, and near-spring temperatures for the morning races at Trapps Family Lodge had a hard time believing the caution.
The University of Vermont continued to use their home-course advantage for all it was worth on the second day of their home carnival.
Brother-sister pair from UVM, Scott and Caitlin Patterson, took their respective titles in the men’s and women’s 5/10km individual start skate races. This was the second time this season that the two stood on top of the podium in the same day, but this time it was in a different technique (the first time was at the 5/10 classic races in Lake Placid), which only further proved their strength as all-around competitors.
In the women’s race, the UVM trio that swept the podium yesterday – Caitlin Patterson, Lucy Garrec, and Amy Glen – again put together a winning combination to edge the Dartmouth women for the win by 25 points. Patterson was just 3 seconds up on Garrec in 2nd place, while Glen took 5th. Rosie Brennan of Dartmouth, in 3rd place, was only 5.6 seconds off the lead pace and her teammate Erika Flowers finished in 4th.
Just 8 points behind Dartmouth and led by a 6th place finish from Natasha Kullas, the UNH women took third.
Dartmouth answered back in the men’s race, and though Scott Patterson scored the top spot for UVM, Sam Tarling and Nils Koons of Dartmouth finished off the podium, just 3 and 6 seconds back, respectively.
Skiing in the yellow jersey, Alex Howe of UVM narrowly beat Dartmouth’s Eric Packer by .6 seconds for 4th place. It was not enough to score a team win, however, and Dartmouth ended up just 2 points ahead of UVM.
UVM and Dartmouth then continued their top-ten domination: Franz Bernstein (UVM) in 6th, Scott Lacy (DAR) in 7th, David Sinclair (DAR) in 8th, and Fritz Horst (UVM) in 9th. Middlebury’s Chase Marston broke up the duel by grabbing the last spot in the top-ten.
UVM posted the top nordic team scores for the weekend, with 527 points. Dartmouth was second, with a score of 482 and UNH was third, with 348 points.
Combined with alpine scores the top three teams of the weekend remained the same, UVM amassing 1009 points to Dartmouth’s 801 and UNH’s 783 points.