Middlebury finished fourth overall among 16 scoring teams at the 2014 University of New Hampshire Carnival. UVM won the event with 953 points, followed by Dartmouth (870), UNH (710) and the Panthers (697). The nordic races were contested at the Jackson Touring Center in Jackson, N.H., while the slalom was held at Canon Mountain in Franconia, N.H.
Driving snow and 40 mile per hour winds did not slow down the men’s alpine team, which finished second with three top 10 efforts. Hig Roberts earned his second podium finish of the weekend, placing third overall in the slalom with a time of 1:29.47. Ghassan Gedeon-Achi earned a top 10 finish for the second straight day, holding down the eighth spot in 1:31.57. Earning his fourth top 10 finish this season was Christopher McKenna, who placed 10th in the race with a time of 1:31.83.
Yina Moe-Lange continued to pace the Panther women, narrowly earning a top 10 finish with a time of 1:38.62, good for the 10th spot. Kara Shaw was next for Middlebury, placing 13th with a time of 1:39.14. Katelyn Barclay and Elle Gilbert each had trouble on their second runs, finishing 23rd (1:43.30) and 24th (1:43.40) respectively.
The women’s nordic squad turned in a strong team performance, holding down spots 9-12 in the race. Kelsey Phinney led the team for the second-straight day, placing ninth in the 15k freestyle event with a time of 43:44. Stella Holt was next (43:46), followed by Heather Mooney (43:50) and Kaitlin Fink (44:01).
The men, missing Ben Lustgarten once again, struggled a bit as Austin Cobb was the team’s top finisher in 22nd place (51:21). Jack Steele and Adam Luban were the team’s other scorers, with Steele placing 31st (51:54) and Luban 32nd (51:57).