The Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association was back in action after a week off, with the first of two days of racing in Stowe, Vermont.
The UVM Carnival kicked off with a 15/20km classic mass start, and the hosts gave the home crowd plenty to cheer about.
Led by Caitlin Patterson, UVM swept the women’s podium. Amy Glen took second, two seconds behind Patterson, while Lucy Garrec placed third, another five seconds down.
The next two spots went to Dartmouth skiers Rosie Brennan and Erika Flowers, and keeping with the theme of team groupings, UNH placed six through eight.
In the men’s event, Franz Bernstein matched Patterson’s performance, giving the hosts two victories on the day. Bernstein edged out Dartmouth’s Eric Packer by under two seconds.
Despite missing out on the win, Dartmouth was bale to make up some ground in the team competition. Sam Tarling and Nils Koons placed third and fourth respectively for the Big Green. Dimitri Luthi (WIL) took fifth, the only non-Dartmouth or UVM skier in the top-7.
Scott Patterson, just back from World Juniors, and Dylan Grald rounded out the UVM scoring in sixth and seventh.
The current team standings have UVM holding a 22 point lead on Dartmouth. UNH is third.
Cross-country racing continues on Saturday with a 5/10km freestyle that is also an Eastern Cup event.
Team scoring includes alpine races as well. No results have been posted from today’s giant slalom event.