CRAFTSBURY, Vermont – Lack of snow forced the Williams College Winter Carnival to be moved to Northern Vermont and the trails of the Craftsbury Outdoor Center for a one-day, ten kilometer classic extravaganza. As the ‘opening act’ to the final weekend of racing in the New England Junior National selection process the college skiers took to the granular tracks in this penultimate weekend of EISA racing. As the klister wore it was Dartmouth’s Annie Hart in the women’s race and the University of Vermont’s Franz Bernstein in the men’s that would ski to the top of their respective podiums.
Hart’s time of 30:36.0 bested teammate Sophie Caldwell by thirteen seconds, while UVM’s Lucy Garrec and Caitlin Patterson followed in 31:12.9 and 31:14.2 for third and fourth respectively. The Big Green’s Erika Flowers rounded out the top five in 31:30.3.
In the men’s race Bernstein crossed the line in 26.29.8, good enough to earn a thirteen second victory over Dartmouth’s Gordon Vermeer. Williams College’s Dimitri Luthi found the form which had previously earned him repeat births to the NCCA Championships for the Ephs as he captured third in 26:53.9, while the Big Green’s Sam Tarling continued his impressive collegiate season finishing fourth in 27:13.9. Middlebury College’s Benjamin Lustgarten rounded out the top five in 27:24.5.