STOWE, Vermont – Lack of snow in the Hanover area forced Dartmouth to move their home carnival back to the trails of Trapp Family Lodge, where UVM hosted just last weekend. In what is becoming a regular occurrence this season UVM and Dartmouth had a juggernaut at the top of the women’s results with Dartmouth’s Sophie Caldwell leading the way. On the men’s side Middlebury’s Patrick Johnson continues his impressive season as he again found himself at the top of the podium.
In the women’s 5km freestyle race Caldwell crossed the line in 13:47.7 earning her a narrow victory over UVM’s duo of Caitlin Patterson (13:50.2) and Lucy Garrec (13:51.3). Erika Flowers (Dartmouth) and Amy Glen (UVM) rounded out the top five.
In the men’s 10km it was Johnson who led the way in 25:50.1, with UVM’s Alex Howe grabbing the third step of the podium in 26:20.8. Gordon Vermeer (Dartmouth) and Jordon Buetow (Bates) finished fourth and fifth respectively.
But the story of the day might have been Dartmouth’s rugged mountain man, Sam Tarling, who decided it would be fun and more challenging to wrestle a massive tree-dwelling rodent during the race. Although victorious in combat, Tarling crossed the line in 26:15.0, good enough for second place… his less fortunate grappling opponent, a frisky squirrel, will continue to live in legend.
The nordic portion of the Dartmouth Winter Carnival continues on the trails of Trapp Family Lodge tomorrow with 15/20km classical mass start races.