Tough Competition at Dartmouth Winter Carnival for skiers

Men’s and women’s teams find consistency throughout season

The Dartmouth Winter Carnival, a 104-year-old annual event that always promises to provide fierce competition, is a traditional hallmark of any New England ski team’s calendar. This year proved to be no exception to that rule, as the Mules, braving freezing temperatures and light snow, offered a strong performance against the highly determined competition.

The racing began on a cold Friday afternoon with the men’s and women’s classic sprint races. Both Colby teams provided a strong showing, with the women finishing eighth of 11 teams while the men found themselves tied with Middlebury for eighth. Mules racer Olivia Amber ’17 was especially fast, arriving in 11th place, while her teammate and co-captain Amy Bianco ’17 came in a respectable 23rd. On the men’s side, Calvin Wright ’16 led the team in 23rd place, while Jeff Tucker ’16 crossed the finish line three places behind in 26th. In the end, Middlebury won the women’s sprint with 118 points, while the University of Vermont won the men’s with 138.

While Saturday featured a strong showing from Colby, it was obvious that both teams aimed to achieve even greater success in the 10k event on Saturday. Racing in better conditions than Friday, with the temperature at a relatively balmy 29 degrees, the Mules put in their best, hoping for even better results than were seen on Friday.

For the women’s team, Amber, having led her team the day before, repeated her performance in a strong fashion, again coming in 11th place with a time of 32 minutes and 30.2 seconds, as her teammate, Co-Captain Kim Bourne ’16 crossed the line in 44th place with a time of 35 minutes and 27.3 seconds. The results were strangely similar to those seen Friday, again placing the women’s Nordic team in 8th place with 48 points.

The men’s team, however, solidly improved their performance on Saturday, with Silas Eastman ’17 coming in 22nd place with a time of 27 minutes and 46.5 seconds. Tucker followed close behind, again showing the same tenacity as he did the day before, coming in 24th place with a time of 27 minutes and 58.2 seconds. These performances, along with a strong showing from the rest of the Nordic team, would place the Mules in sixth place out of 13 with 56 points, a highly respectable showing against the fierce opponents they faced.

Colby Nordic Skiing can, however, take pride in the consistent results they have been able to provide this season. The women have never finished outside the top 10, whereas the men have drastically improved their results after a difficult first two races, finishing sixth, eighth, and sixth for their last three challenges. With a busy schedule ahead, culminating in the NCAA Skiing Championships at Mount Van Hoevenberg on March 11th, Colby Nordic continues to assert their strength as one of Colby’s few Division 1 teams.

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