HANOVER--With Winter Storm Nemo looming, EISA skiers scrambled to get the first day of competition in at the Dartmouth Carnival on Friday.
The host Big Green dominated the nordic events and found themselves in second place at the end of the day with 443 points. The University of Vermont, meanwhile, claimed both downhill races to take the overall lead with 501.
Williams sits in 7th place after the first day, buoyed by a strong performance by the men's nordic team.
The men skied a 10-kilometer classic race, and the three Eph scorers were separated by just three seconds after the half-hour event.
Sophomore Vanya Rybkin led the trio in 32 minutes, 5 seconds--good for 19th place. Rybkin's classmate, Will Wicherski, finished in 32:08.5 and 21st place. Junior Isaac Hoenig was sandwiched in between his underclassmen teammates in 20th place in 32:07.4.
Scott Patterson of UVM claimed the individual title in 29:55, while Dartmouth put three skiers in the top 5 to take the team title with 130 points. Williams was 4th with 75 points.
The women's nordic team put two skiers in the top 20 to contribute 63 points to the team effort.
Senior Christina Knapp skied the 5-kilometer course in 18:11.6 to finish in 18th place, and as with their male counterparts, put their next racer across the line just seconds later.
Olivia Meyerson '16 continued to show encouraging signs of things to come for the Ephs with a top-20 result. Meyerson was 19th, just 6 seconds behind her elder teammate.
Anja Gruber of UVM was the individual winner in 16:43, while Dartmouth packed three skiers in the top 6 to win as a team with 117 points.
Williams was 8th with 63 points.
Two Eph women finished both runs in the giant slalom at the Dartmouth Skiway. Annie Leiter '13 led the charge, cracking the top 30 with a two-run time of 2:11.78.
Katy Kirkpatrick '13 wasn't far behind in 35th. Kirkpatrick's speedy second run got her across in a two-run total of 2:13.29.
Eph star Geordie Lonza '13 failed to complete her second run. The Ephs were 8th as a team with 48 points. UVM was first with 141 points.
Victor Major '15 was the lone Eph to finish both runs for the men. Major was 34th in 2:06.2, earning 15 team points for Williams. UVM won the men's race with 127 points.
Action is set to resume Saturday.
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