Arvidsson's Second-Place Finish Paces Alpine Team at Vermont Carnival

Samantha McClellan finished 12th in the slalom (@FlyingPoint).
Samantha McClellan finished 12th in the slalom (@FlyingPoint).

The Middlebury ski team turned in a solid effort on day two as the Panthers placed third overall at the University of Vermont Carnival. The hosts won the event with 934 points, followed by Dartmouth (914) and the Panthers (740). Nordic races were held at the Trapp Family Lodge, while the alpine events took place at the Stowe Mountain Resort. Middlebury returns to action next weekend at the Dartmouth Carnival.

On the alpine side, the Middlebury men boasted a pair of top-six efforts for a third-place team finish. Erik Arvidsson came in second overall in the slalom, tying a career-best finish with a time of 1:49.50 overall. Tim Gavett moved up three spots with the second-best time on the second run to place sixth overall in 1:50.91. Pate Campbell rounded out the Panther scorers in 33rd place (1:58.09).

The women's team also placed third, as its three top racers all finished in the top 12 overall. Caroline Bartlett led the group in fifth place, crossing the finish line with a two-run time of 2:01.37. Madison Lord rounded out the top 10 in 2:02.90, while Samantha McClellan placed 12th overall with a time of 2:03.81.

The Middlebury men finished second in the 20K classic, with all three scorers finishing in a pack much like Friday. Sam Wood led the group on Saturday, placing 10th in the event with a time of 1:00.36. Lewis Nottonson followed in 13th place (1:00.56), while Peter Wolter was right behind him with a time of 1:00.57.

The Panther women came in third in the 15K classical event, with an impressive performance by Annika Landis, who placed third overall (50:28). Earning a top-10 finish was Alexandra Lawson, who crossed the line eighth in 51:31. Avery Ellis earned a time of 53:18 on Saturday, placing 18th overall.