Cone Leads Alpine Racers on Day One at NCAA Championships

Rob Cone paced the Panthers on day one by placing sixth in the GS (photo by Gil Talbot).
Rob Cone paced the Panthers on day one by placing sixth in the GS (photo by Gil Talbot).

One day is complete at the 2017 NCAA Skiing Championships hosted by the University of New Hampshire. The giant slalom event opened the event, with action taking place on a snowy Cannon Mountain in Franconia, N.H. Montana State leads with 149 points, followed by Utah (136) and Denver (133). Dartmouth is the top eastern school in fourth place (107), while the Panthers sit in ninth (43). Middlebury's Lewis Nottonson will be in action on Thursday, taking part in the men's 10K classic event. Alpine action resumes on Friday with the slalom races beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Rob Cone paced the Middlebury men in the giant slalom race, as the Panthers finished eighth overall with two of three finishing the race. Cone moved up after his first run, turning in a sixth-place finish with a two-run time of 2:14.10. Colin Hayes was the other Panther to complete the racing, coming in 28th overall in 2:18.91. Devon Cardamone finished his first run down the mountain, but could not complete his second run, earning a DNF.

In the women's giant slalom, the Panthers finished in 10th place with one of two racers completing both runs. Caroline Bartlett, who had won three GS titles at eastern carnivals this season, finished the race in 18th place overall among 26 finishers. Her two-run time was 2:21.54 on the GS course. Jackie Atkins completed the first run, but was unable to finish run number two for the Panthers. Western skiers excelled in the race, claiming the top-five spots.