The Middlebury College ski team finished fourth overall at the Dartmouth Carnival, with strong performances by the men’s alpine and nordic teams. UVM (982) won the event, followed by Dartmouth (820), UNH (722) and Middlebury (712). The Panthers return to action at the Williams Carnival next weekend.
Andrew McNealus was the top men’s alpine skier on the weekend, placing fifth in the GS (1:50.55) and seventh (1:33.81) in the slalom race. Hig Roberts wasn’t far behind in the GS, finishing sixth in 1:50.71, followed by Nick Bailey in 10th place (1:51.00). Bryan Shpall was just behind McNealus in eighth place (1:33.88) in the slalom, followed by Liam Mulhern in 19th (1:35.35).
Patrick Johnson had another strong weekend on the nordic courses, winning the 10K freestyle with a time of 25:50, 25 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor. Ben Lustgarten finished the event in eighth place (26:50), while Chase Marston was 10th (27:02) as the Panthers placed three scorers in the top 10. Johnson turned in a solid second place (59:19) finish in the 20K classic, followed by Lustgarten in fifth (59:24) and Doug DeBold in 15th (1:00.28).
Rachel Hall led the Middlebury women in the 5K freestyle race, earning a 14th place finish with a time of 14:49. Two spots back in 17th (14:52) was Stella Holt, followed by Annie Pokorny in 19th place (14:55). Pokorny led the group in the 15K classic, placing 16th with a time of 50:49. Holt (51:23) in 21st and Heather Mooney in 22nd (51:31) rounded out the team’s scorers.
Christine Schozer led the alpine women in the GS event, finishing the race in 11th place with a time of 1:57.09. Not far back was Katelyn Barclay in 13th (1:57.28), followed by Yina Moe-Lange in 28th place (1:58.84). The group struggled in the slalom, with Schozer leading the team with a 14th place finish in 1:42.57. Kerry Daigle came in 32nd place (1:45.63), while Moe-Lange was in 37th (1:48.05) to round out the scorers.