Action is underway at the third carnival of the season, with teams converging on the University of New Hampshire for this week’s action. Vermont leads after the first day of racing, with Middlebury holding down the third spot. Nordic events took place at the Jackson Touring Center in Jackson, N.H., while the giant slalom was contested at Attitash Mountain Resort in Bartlett, N.H.
The men’s alpine team finished second GS event on day one with an impressive team performance, finishing just two points behind UVM. The Panthers placed three racers in the top six, led by a third place finish by Hig Roberts in 2:19.95. Just behind him in fourth was Christopher McKenna in 2:20.45, followed by Ghassan Gedeon-Achi in sixth with a time of 2:20.66. The top 10 finish was the first of his career for Gedeon-Achi.
Yina Moe-Lange paced the women’s team on the hill, earning a second place finish with a time of 2:26.1 Kara Shaw was next for the Panthers, holding down the 13th spot (2:29.8), followed by Lisa Schroer in 16th (2:30.7).
The women’s nordic team sparkled in the 5K classical race with three athletes in the top 10. All three Middlebury finishers placed within six seconds of one another, owning spots six, seven and eight on the day. Kelsey Phinney led the pack with a time of 14:59, followed closely by Heather Mooney (15:01) and Stella Holt (15:04).
The men struggled as a whole, with top racer Ben Lustgarten in Europe training for the U23 World Championship. Austin Cobb was the team’s top racer with a 13th place finish in 26:13 in the 10K classic event. Dylan McGarthwaite was next for the Panthers in 32nd place (27:12), followed by Eliot Neal with a 36th place finish (27:26).