The Panther ski team sits in third place after one day of action at the 97th Middlebury College Winter Carnival. Tim Gavett and Ali Nullmeyer both took home slalom titles at the Snow Bowl to lead the second-place alpine efforts. Vermont paces the field with 453 points, followed by Dartmouth (415) and the Panthers (405). Action continues Saturday at the Rikert Nordic Center with the women's 15K classic at 10:00 a.m., followed by the men's 20K classic at noon. The alpine teams will compete in the giant slalom at the Snow Bowl, with the women's first run set to begin at 9:15 a.m.
On the alpine hill, Gavett won for the second time this season, after taking home the title at Harvard. He covered the two runs with a time of 1:34.76 to stand atop the podium. Right behind him in second place was Erik Arvidsson, whose two-run time was 1:34.75. Holden Parazette was Middlebury's third scorer, placing 29th in 1:41.39. Justin Alkier had a great first trip down the mountain and led the pack, but did not finish his second run.
For the women, Nullmeyer returned from the World Cup circuit with a vengeance, winning the slalom for the third time in four races this season. She covered the course with a time of 1:37.60, 2.09 seconds faster than her nearest competitor. Emma Hall was the next scorer for the Panthers, placing eighth overall with a time of 1:42.24. Lucia Bailey just missed the top-10 by placing 11th, covering the two runs in 1:42.24.
On the nordic side, Peter Wolter turned in a fourth-place finish at his home venue, covering the 10K freestyle course with a time of 22:43. Next up for the Panthers was Josh Valentine, who crossed the line in 15th place, clocking a time of 23:54. Just two spots back in 17th was Wilson Moore, who earned a time of 23:57.
Annika Landis was Middlebury's top finisher for the women, placing fourth in the 5K freestyle event with a time of 13:29. Up next was Avery Ellis in 15th place (13:48), followed by Charlotte Ogden in 28th (14:10). The team was down two racers as Sophia Laukli and Alexandra Lawson are competing at the World Junior/U23 Championships in Oberwiesenthal, Germany.
Today's event also serves as the EISA Championships and the NCAA East Regional.