Friday, February 12, 2016

Dual Wins for Vermont in Dartmouth GS puts Catamounts in the Lead After Day One

Dartmouth may have claimed victory at Vermont’s home carnival over the last two weekends, but UVM made a strong case to return the favor after the first day at the Dartmouth Skiway. Morgan Megarry and Laurence St. Germaine both won in the men’s and women’s GS to give the Catamounts a 40 point lead over second place UNH.

Colby's Mardi Haskell
St. Germaine won the women’s race by only 0.44 seconds over Colby’s Mardi Haskell, followed by UNH’s Lisa Wesjoe in third, 1.04 seconds out of the top spot. Randa Teschner helped UNH to second place in the overall team score by finishing fourth, only 0.07 seconds behind her teammate Wesjoe. Just behind UNH’s duo came a flurry from Dartmouth, with Kelly Moore, GS leader Foreste Peterson, and Libby Gibson finishing fifth, sixth, and eighth, respectively.  UVM’s Elise-Woien Tefre had the second fastest run to jump from eleventh to seventh, and her teammate Mille Graesdal finished ninth. Dartmouth’s Hannah Melinchuk had her first top ten result of the year in tenth after starting bib 35.

Middlebury's Rob Cone
In the men’s race, UVM’s Megarry won his first carnival GS of the year by half a second over Middlebury’s Rob Cone. Dom Garand - still wearing the leader bib from Week 1 - finished third, 0.80 seconds behind his teammate Megarry. In yet another extremely stacked top 5, UVM’s Max Roeisland and Dartmouth’s Brian McLaughlin tied for fourth, only 0.01 seconds behind Garand. Saint Michaels’ Guillaume Grand’s fast first run landed him another top 10 in sixth, followed by three UNH Wildcats. Philippe Rivet, Jay Ogle, and Bryan Cookson all finished within a second of each other in seventh, eighth, and ninth. Middlebury’s Chris McKenna rounded out the top 10. Looking through the top 20, Saint Lawrence’s Graham Hayes more than halved his bib to finish 18th, and while Colby’s Sam Glaisher vaulted from bib 64 to 19th place.

As the second day of the Dartmouth Carnival looms, less than 100 points separate the top 5 teams in the overall standings. UVM is out front, but UNH, Dartmouth, Middlebury, and Colby are all in hot pursuit.