Ski Teams in Action at Home Carnival

Madison Lord cracked the top 20 in the slalom.
Madison Lord cracked the top 20 in the slalom.

Day one is in the books at the 2018 Middlebury Carnival/EISA Championships hosted by the Rikert Nordic Center and the Snow Bowl. Dartmouth leads the event with 483 points, followed by the University of Vermont (467) and Middlebury (384). Action continues on Saturday with the men's 20K and women's 15K freestyle races, as well as the giant slalom.

Leading the men to a third-place finish in the slalom was Erik Arvidsson, whose two-run time of 1:34.63 placed him third. Riley Plant was next for the Panthers, crossing the line in 1:36.67 to come in 14th overall. Four spots back was Max Stamler, who ended the race with a time of 1:37.51 to claim the 18th spot, his best finish at Middlebury.

The Middlebury women also placed third in the slalom, led by Caroline Bartlett's ninth-place finish (1:39.38) on her home hill. Finishing back-to-back were Lucia Bailey and Madison Lord, who placed 15th (1:40.52) and 16th (1:40.54), respectively.

The men's nordic team raced to a second-place effort in the 10K classic event with a pair of top-10 finishes. Jacob Volz led the Panthers at Rikert, with a career-best fourth-place finish with a time of 24:39. Peter Wolter continued his impressive rookie season when he crossed the line in ninth place in 24:56. Lewis Nottonson rounded out the scorers in 15th (25:08), while Adam Luban was right behind in 16th (25:08).

Cate Brams paced the Middlebury women on her home course, coming in with a time of 14:04 in the 5K classic, good for fifth place. Katie Feldman was next for the Panthers, placing 10th overall in 14:30 as her team finished third in the event. Alexandra Lawson was the third racer to score, finishing in 13th place (14:34), while Annika Landis was right behind in 14th (14:38).