The Middlebury alpine team was in action on day one of the 2018 NCAA Skiing Championships hosted by the University of Colorado Boulder at Howelsen Hill. The giant slalom opened the four-day championship, with the Panther women placing fourth overall in the event, led by a fourth-place effort by Caroline Bartlett. Middlebury is currently in eighth place among 17 scoring teams, with Vermont leading early. NCAA action continues on Friday with the women's 5K and men's 10K classical races beginning at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. EST.
Bartlett finished the race with a two-run combined time of 1:53.57, which placed her in a fourth-place tie and earned her All-American honors. She led the field by .34 seconds after the first run, but unfortunately her second-run time was unable to keep her atop the leaderboard.
Lexi Calcagni finished the 34-person event in 17th place with a two-run time of 1:55.23. Just three spots back was her teammate Lucia Bailey, who crossed the line with a time of 1:55.99, good for 20th place overall.
In the men's race, Riley Plant was in 17th place among 34 racers after the first run, while Erik Arvidsson held the 19th spot. Plant had a good run going on his second time down the hill, but a spot on the course that was trouble for others caused a stumble as Plant went down and was unable to finish the run. Arvidsson had the sixth-fastest run the second time down, ending up in 11th place with a two-run time of 1:50.48.