The Middlebury ski teams concluded their opening carnival of the season with a fifth-place finish at the St. Lawrence Carnival. Dartmouth won the event with 961 points, followed by UVM (830), UNH (647) Colby (595) and the Panthers (591). Alpine events were held at Whiteface, while the nordic races were contested at Mt. Vanhoevenberg. The Panthers return to action next weekend at the UNH Carnival.
In Saturday's 10K freestyle nordic race, Lewis Nottonson led the Middlebury effort with an 11th-place finish, crossing the line in 29:15. Behind him was Sam Wood, who completed the course with a time of 30:06 to place 23rd. Adam Luban rounded out the Panther scorers with a time of 30:14, just behind Wood in 24th place.
Katie Feldman was the top finisher for the Middlebury women's squad, placing 31st with a time of 16:05. Orli Schwartz completed the 5K course in 16:37 to place 42nd, while Cate Brams was right behind her in 43rd place (16:39).
At Whiteface, Jackie Atkins was the top Panther to finish the slalom event, placing 12th overall with a two-run time of 1:43.62. Lexi Calcagni was the team's next-best finisher, earning an 18th-place finish in 1:44.67. Katy Greene rounded out the scoring with a time of 1:45.44 to place 22nd.
On the men's side, only two racers were able to complete the course, with four not finishing their first run. Colin Hayes was the team's top racer, placing 17th overall with a time of 1:32.02. Christopher McKenna earned a combined time of 1:54.88 to take home 39th place after a tough second run.