The Middlebury College ski team finished third in the final carnival of the season at Colby. Dartmouth (961.5) won the event, followed by UVM (793), Middlebury (732.5) and UNH (705). Action resumes for the Panthers at the NCAA Championships, which take place March 11-14 at Bates.
Middlebury's nordic teams had strong showings at the EISA Championships at Colby, finishing second in three events and third in a fourth. Senior Robyn Anderson (Stowe, Vt.) led the team on day one with a seventh place finish in the 5K classical, earning a time of 20:59. Just behind her in eighth place was first-year racer Elise Moody-Roberts (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) in 21:16, followed by sophomore Sophie McClelland (Keene Valley, N.Y.) in 13th (21:47). Senior Kate Barton (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) also earned a top 20 finish, by placing 18th in 21:53. Moody-Roberts won the 15K free for the Panthers, finishing the race with a time of 28:11.1, just .4 seconds ahead of her nearest opponent. Barton placed 11th (49:22) in the race, followed by Anderson in 15th (49:55).
Senior Simeon Hamilton (Aspen, Colo.) continued his impressive results for the men's team, placing second in the 10K classical with a time of 32:07. Sophomore Patrick Johnson (Anchorage, Alaska) finished the race in sixth (32:50), while first-year racer Chase Marston (Charlotte, Vt.) came in seventh (32:52) to put three Panthers in the top seven. Junior Mike Mommsen (St. Louis Park, Minn.) turned in a solid finish for Middlebury, finishing the race in 12th place (34:01). Hamilton turned it up a notch in the 20K free race, capturing the event with a time of 54:30. Johnson was next in 10th place (55:17), while senior Tim Reynolds (Bristol, Vt.) rounded out the scorers with an 18th place finish (56:53).
Things were tough on the alpine side, as poor conditions caused only one run in the slalom, as the GS was postponed until Sunday. Sophomore Tasha Woodworth (Carlisle, Mass.) led the Middlebury women in the slalom, finishing in third place with a time of 43.86. Senior Tucker Burton (Breckenridge, Colo.) was next for Middlebury in seventh place (44.98), followed by junior Leah McLaughry (Norwich, Vt.) in 23rd (48.40). Sophomore Nicole Dvorak (Essex Junction, Vt.) was the leader in Sunday's GS, finishing 13th with a time of 1:55.12. Just behind her was Woodworth in 14th (1:55.40), followed by McLaughery in 16th (1:55.46).
Junior Jonathan Hunter (McAfee, N.J.) was Middlebury's top finisher in the slalom race, earning a 14th place finish in 48.53. Rookie Tim Giebink (Williston, Vt.) came in 30th place, while sophomore Bobby Poehling (LaCrosse, Wis.) was the third scorer with a 35th place finish (57.01). Senior Andrew Wagner (Traverse City, Mich.) led the squad in the GS, earning a time of 1:49.86 to finish the race in seventh place. Junior Brian Swartz (Mendon, Vt.) finished the race in 19th place (1:51.82), while Giebink came in 33rd (1:55.64).