Middlebury sits in fourth place among 13 teams after the alpine portion of the University of Vermont Carnival. Dartmouth leads with 464 points, followed by Vermont (430), the University of New Hampshire (367) and the Panthers (309). The slalom races were contested at the Main Street Race Course at the Stowe Mountain Resort. The nordic portion of the carnival will take place on February 5-6, as the Panthers sit in fourth place overall following the alpine events.
During Friday’s giant slalom, rookie Caroline Bartlett (London, Ont.) boasted the top finish of the day, pacing the alpine women with a sixth-place effort in a time of 2:12.53. Just missing a top-10 finish was rookie Lexi Calcagni (Rutland, Vt.), who crossed the line with a season-best 11th place, covering the course in 2:14.20. Senior Elle Gilbert (Woodstock, Vt.) rounded out the scorers in 22nd place, coming in with a two-run combined time of 2:17.21.
The men’s squad was riddled with falls as junior Rob Cone (Killington, Vt.), sophomore Riley Plant (Auburn, Calif.) and junior Christopher McKenna (West Hartford, Vt.) each went down during their respective first runs. Junior Colin Hayes (Evergreen, Colo.) was the top finisher on the men’s side, crossing the line in 12th place with a time of 2:08.61. Next for the team was senior Ghassan Gedeon Achi (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) in 19th place (2:10.21), followed by senior Christoph Niederhauser (Avon, Colo.) in 31st (2:12.42).
On Saturday in the slalom, Bartlett picked up another top-10 finish, placing ninth overall in the slalom with a time of 2:02.07. A few spots back in 12th was junior Katy Greene (Park City, Utah) with a time of 2:02.54, while Gilbert had a tough second run to finish in 38th place (3:12.62).
Hayes led the men for the second-straight day, tying for seventh overall with a time of 1:52.13. Just behind him with a top-10 finish was Gedeon Achi, who placed ninth in 1:52.46. Niederhauser was the team’s third scorer, crossing the line in 1:56.48 for 18th place overall.
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