The Middlebury ski team came just one point shy of winning its third-straight carnival, as the Panthers hosted the EISA Championships/NCAA Regional during the 97th Middlebury College Winter Carnival. Vermont edged the hosts by one point (868-867), while Dartmouth was third (778) and UNH placed fourth (660). The Panthers won three of four events on the day with action taking place at the Rikert Nordic Center and the Snow Bowl. Select Middlebury skiers will return to action from March 11-14 at the NCAA Championships in Bozeman, Montana.
The men's alpine team placed four skiers in the top seven places to capture the event. Erik Arvidsson won for the third time this season, capturing his second-straight giant slalom title with a two-run time of 2:01.41. Placing in a tie for fifth place were Justin Alkier and Pate Campbell, who both earned a time of 2:03.49. Right behind them was Tim Gavett in seventh place (2:03.72).
The women's squad boasted four racers in the top 10 to place second. Ali Nullmeyer completed the weekend sweep by taking home the GS title on her own mountain with a time of 2:07.32. Katie Utter, Lucia Bailey and Emma Hall all cracked the top-10 for the Panthers in the event. Utter placed eighth in 2:10.25, Bailey was ninth with a time of 2:10.45, while Hall was 10th in 2:10.79.
Peter Wolter broke through on the men's side to pick up his first-career win, coming with a time of 51:46 in the 15K classic. Wolter has been steady all season long, including four second-place finishes. Willson Moore placed a career-best eighth in the race with a time of 53:40. Josh Valentine's 13th-place finish (54:50) helped aid the team to a second-place finish overall.
Annika Landis placed fourth for the second-straight day, this time with a time of 47:35 in the 15K classic. Avery Ellis tied her career-best finish by placing 11th overall (48:24), followed by Charlotte Ogden in 13th (48:32).