One day of action is complete at the 2014 Middlebury Carnival, which is serves as the EISA Championships and NCAA Regional. Vermont leads the event with 492 points, followed by Dartmouth (476), Middlebury (337) and UNH (324). Action took place under tough conditions at both the Rikert Nordic Center and the Middlebury College Snow Bowl.
High winds and sleet did not slow down Ben Lustgarten in the men’s 10K classic race, as the Panther took home his first win of the season with a time of 27:18, 50 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor. Dylan McGarthwaite was Middlebury’s next scorer in 25th place (30:06), followed by Patrick McElravey in 31st (30:24.).
Heather Mooney paced the women in the 5K classic event, placing 11th overall in 18:00. Finishing in 17th place was Emily Attwood in 18:15, followed by Stella Holt, who earned a 24th-place finish with a time of 18:32.
At the ‘Bowl, wild conditions in the afternoon led to the women’s slalom consisting of just one run. Kara Shaw earned the best time for the Panthers, covering the course in 51.12. Katelyn Barclay earned her top finish of the year, coming down the mountain in 52.18, finishing in a tie for 17th place. Yina Moe-Lange rounded out the scorers with a 19th-place effort in 52.35.
The men were able to get both runs in, as Nick Bailey earned a season-best fifth-place finish with a time of 1:37.86. Hig Roberts earned his eighth-straight top-10 finish, placing eighth for the Panthers in 1:38.01. Christopher McKenna was in the mix once again, placing 12th in 1:38.24 to lead the men to a third-place finish.