Gavett & Arvidsson Share GS Title As Ski Team Leads After First Day at Williams Carnival

Tim Gavett placed first for the second time this season.
Tim Gavett placed first for the second time this season.

The Middlebury ski team holds the lead after one day of racing at the Williams Carnival. The men's alpine and women's nordic team were both victorious in their respective events on Friday, while Tim Gavett and Erik Arvidsson shared the GS title. Nordic races are being held at Mt. Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid, N.Y., while the alpine events took place at Jiminy Peak in Hancock, Mass.

The alpine men turned in a dominating performance on Friday, with three racers on the top five. Gavett and Arvidsson each picked their second win of the season, as both covered the two runs with a time of 1:42.9. Completing top five was Michel Macedo, who turned in a career-best effort with a time of 1:43.1, good for fifth place.

Nina Reichhelm paced the Panther women, taking home a career-best finish of fifth with a time of 1:47.5. Katie Utter also earned her best finish, covering the runs with a time of 1:48.0, good for seventh place. Completing the scorers was Lucia Bailey, who came in 14th overall in 1:48.9.

The women's nordic squad picked up a win in the 10K classic with three finishers in the top eight. Alexandra Lawson paced the group, crossing the line second with a time of 27:56. Two spots back in fourth place was Sophia Laukli, who completed the course in 28:43. Earning a time of 28:55 was Annika Landis, who ended the race in eighth place.

The men's nordic team was led by Peter Wolter, who finished fourth overall (24:37) in the 10K classical event. Samuel Hodges was next for the Panthers, crossing the line with a time of 25:12, good for 12th place. Rounding out Middlebury's top three was Hans Pessel, who placed 29th (25:50).