The University of Vermont Carnival concluded today at Craftsbury Outdoor Center. Both the men and the women arrived under grey skies to race a 10 km individual start classic race. With start intervals reduced to 15 seconds to accommodate the more than 450 racers, the race loop was fast and chaotic. Unseasonably warm temps forced skiers to choose between klister and skate skis for the race. With some racers opting to double pole their race on classic skis, they were challenged by the lone steep hill which forced all but the best to herringbone.
In the women’s 10 km classic it was Alayna Sonnesyn who took the win, becoming the lone UVM woman to make the top 5 on the day. Half a second off the pace it was Middlebury skier Annie Pokorny, who finished second ahead of yesterday’s winner Lydia Blanchet of Dartmouth. Corey Stock of Dartmouth finished 4th, well ahead of current classic leader bib holder Kelsey Phinney of Middlebury.
The men’s 10km race was once again dominated by UVM and Dartmouth, with the two teams claiming 8 out of the top 10 spots. Cole Morgan of UVM took the top spot, narrowly edging out teammate Jorgen Grav. Fabien Stocek of Dartmouth took the last place on the podium, ahead of teammate Patrick Caldwell. The men’s top five was rounded out by Peter Holmes of the University of New Hampshire.
On the weekend it was Dartmouth College that emerged victorious. They once again denied the University of Vermont, this time at their home carnival.
Racing resumes next weekend with the 106th Dartmouth Winter Carnival. The circuit will return to Craftsbury Outdoor Center for the one day carnival with a women’s 15km and men’s 20km classic races.