The Panther ski team earned a fourth place finish at its own carnival, while Dartmouth came away with 893 points for the win. UVM finished second overall (881), followed by UNH (759) and Middlebury (668). The Panthers took third place in three of four events on Friday, placing second in the women's slalom behind a second place finish from senior Nicole Dvorak (Essex Junction, Vt.). The men's GS squad was strong on Saturday, with racers finishing in third, sixth and seventh place to earn a team finish of second.
Dvorak opened the alpine races with a solid second place finish in the slalom, earning a tie of 1:33.89. Senior Tasha Woodworth (Carlisle, Mass.) was next for the Panthers in 13th place (1:35.66), followed by sophomore Bronwyn Oatley (Thornhill, Ont.) in 15th place (1:35.76). The following day, it was sophomore Christine Schozer (Winhall, Vt.) who paced the team in the GS, finishing with a time of 2:07.16, good for 12th place. Woodworth wasn’t far behind in 16th (2:08.06), followed by Oatley in 19th (2:08.60).
First-year racers Robert Cone (Killington, Vt.) and Hig Roberts (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) impressed on the men’s side, earning top 10 finishes in both events. Cone placed fifth in the slalom (1:33.25) and seventh in the GS (2:01.18), while Roberts was eighth in the slalom (1:33.57) and third in the GS (2:00.08). Sophomore Bryan Shpall (Englewood, Colo.) was Middlebury’s other scorer in the slalom, finishing 18th in 1:35.01. Senior Jacob Lund (Hudson, Wis.) had the honor in the GS, coming in with a solid sixth place finish in 2:01.16.
On day one of nordic action, sophomore Corinne Prevot (East Burke, Vt.) led the Panther women in the 10K free race, coming in with a time of 30:25 to earn ninth place. First-year racer Emily Attwood (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) was next in 17th (31:13), followed by sophomore Keely Levins (Rutland, Vt.) in 21st place (31:30). The following day, Levins, Prevot and senior Sophie McClelland (Keene Valley, N.Y.) were Middlebury’s top team in the spring relays, finishing in fourth place with a time of 32:17.
First-year racer Ben Lustgarten (Burlington, Vt.) led the men’s squad in the 10K free race, edging out junior teammate Chase Marston (Charlotte, Vt.) for seventh place. Lustgarten finished with a time of 25:33, while Marston earned the eighth slot in 25:40. Senior Graham Egan (Stuart, Fla.) rounded out the scorers in 13th place with a final time of 26:24. After two legs it looked like Egan and junior Doug Debold (Wayzata, Minn.) had the chance to clinch the team title in the men’s relay, but a missing team member in the third leg and a mix-up in the tag zone caused the team to continue the race with an unofficial team member, Lustgarten. After faltering with the snafu and regaining ground, Middlebury caught up to the battle at the front of the field between Dartmouth and UVM. However, because Middlebury mixed team members during the race, the team was disqualified and UVM was awarded second place.