The Middlebury ski team sits in third place after one day of racing at the University of Vermont Carnival. The hosts lead with 517 points, followed by Dartmouth (467) and the Panthers (346). Action resumes on Saturday with nordic races as well as the slalom event.
Middlebury's nordic teams both placed third overall in races held at the Trapp Family Lodge. The top performer for the women was Annika Landis, who covered the 5K course with a time of 15:40 in a freestyle event to finish 10th. Two spots back was Alexandra Lawson, who crossed the line in 15:43 to place 12th overall. Avery Ellis rounded out the scorers with a time of 16:41, good for 37th place.
On the men's side, all three of Middlebury's scorers finished one-behind-another in the 10K freestyle event. Lewis Nottonson led the pack in 15th place (28:26), followed by Sam Wood (28:38) and Peter Wolter (28:44).
On the slopes at Stowe, the Panther men placed two finishers in the top-10, to finish third as a team. Middlebury was led by a third-place effort by Tim Gavett (2:05.44) in the GS. Erik Arvidsson ended his two runs with a time of 2:06.93, good for ninth place overall. Pate Campbell was the team's third scorer, placing 20th in 2:08.51.
Lexi Calcagni led the Middlebury women, finishing the race in 16th place with a time of 2:14.20. In 19th place was Madison Lord in 2:15.08, followed by Samantha McClellan, who crossed the line with a two-run time of 2:15.55 to finish 22nd.