Friday, January 22, 2016

Rivet Triumph Caps a Winning Day for UNH on Day One of the Colby Carnival

With the fastest second run of the day, Phillipe Rivet of UNH claimed his first career carnival win by only three hundreds of a second over UVM’s Dom Garand. Dartmouth’s Thomas Woolson followed just behind in third, only 0.40 out of the top spot.

It was a cold day on Narrow Gauge, possibly the most challenging GS hill of the year, and many of the pre-races favorites weren’t able to make it through Sugarloaf’s famous Miles’ Mile section of the first run. Guillaume Grand almost fit that description with his first run, but his second run narrowly missed Rivet’s and brought him back into fourth position.  UNH’s Bryan Cookson finished fifth, while Colin Hayes and Riley Plant led Middlebury in 6th and 8th, respectively.

Bobby Farrell of UVM showed his adeptness in GS after his SL win last weekend with a seventh place finish from bib 40, while Max Martin of Plymouth State and Michael Boardman of Colby rounded out the top 10. The home fans from Colby were also quite excited with first-year Jack Auty as he charged his way from bib 75 to finish 24th.

In the women’s race, Dartmouth’s Foreste Peterson followed up her second place finish in last weekend’s GS by winning today by 1.49 seconds. Colby’s Mardi Haskell had her first podium finish of the year in second, as did UNH’s Lisa Wesjoe in third. Wesjoe led a flurry of teammates as UNH put four women in the top 15: Kelly Anne Dinapoli placed seventh, Sohvia Virkkula ninth, and Morgan Klein fourteenth. Libby Gibson’s fast first run landed her in fifth to add to the Big Green’s tally, while Brittany Lathrop once again led UVM in sixth.

Caroline Bartlett of Middlebury made it into the top 5 for the first time, and her fourth place finish alongside Lexi Calgangi in twelfth helped Middlebury to the third spot in the overall team standings behind UNH and Dartmouth. Sierra Leavitt used her home hill advantage to finish eighth, while Alexa Dlouhy’s tenth place confirmed that the Dartmouth women stayed on top of the EISA GS team rankings.

Tomorrow’s slalom looks to be a good one as Alex Dlouhy and Bobby Farrell look to keep a hold of their leader bibs and UNH look to win their first carnival this year.