Alpine races at Dartmouth
“The weather at Dartmouth was beautiful, Burke was cold, and the snow conditions were prime all weekend,” Jim Ryan ’14 recounted after another competitive weekend of racing for the men and women’s alpine teams. This past weekend, Dartmouth College hosted the fourth series of Carnival races. On Sunday, the team traveled to Burke Mountain in Vermont for the rescheduled University of New Hampshire race, which was previously canceled because of too much snow. At the end of the weekend, the Mules were in seventh place in the overall team standings.
In both events of the Dartmouth Carnival—the giant slalom and slalom—the men had their best results of the season, coming in fifth place. In the giant slalom, there were four top-30 finishers for Colby men. Brian Morgan ’12 came in 20th place with a total time of 1:52.03. Craig Marshall ’15 was one place behind him (1:52.06), and Ryan and Matt McKenna ’14 took 26th and 28th places, respectively. Ryan clocked a time of 1:52.81, while McKenna finished in 1:53.71. Jonathan Nordbotten of the University of Vermont (UVM) won the giant slalom (1:48.98). In the slalom race, Morgan and Ryan had the best Colby results—both placing in the top 20—12th (1:34.57) and 17th place (1:34.92), respectively. UVM took the gold for the second day in a row; Tim Kelley’s winning time was 1:31.78.
Similarly, the women’s team had several impressive individual results. In the giant slalom, Brittney Ziebell ’14 and Cassady Roberts ’13 were back-to-back in 22nd (1:57.82) and 23rd (1:58.11)—roughly five seconds behind UVM winner Kate Ryley and one-and-a-half seconds ahead of the third Colby finisher, Jeanne Barthold ’15 (1:59.39).
In the slalom race, Natalie Biedermann ’12 scored the weekend’s top finish when she placed seventh. Her total time was 1:40.40; Elise-woien Tefre’s (UVM) winning time was 1:38.33. The course took a toll on some of the Mules: Roberts was disqualified, and Devon Engle ’14 did not finish. The women were eighth overall in the giant slalom and seventh overall in the slalom.
Next weekend, marks the last regular Carnival weekend of the season; it will be hosted by Williams College. The following weekend the team will travel to Middlebury College for the final Carnival—the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Regional Championships. Later this month, the NCAA Championships will take place in Bozeman, Mont.