Ski Team Finishes Third at Bates Carnival

Heather Mooney won her second-straight event, capturing the 5K free.
Heather Mooney won her second-straight event, capturing the 5K free.

Middlebury turned in a solid third-place finish at the opening carnival of the season hosted by Bates came to an end. Vermont won the event with 914 points, followed by Dartmouth (854), Middlebury (720) and UNH (706). Alpine events were contested at Sunday River while the nordic racers competed at Black Mountain. The women's nordic team took home the 5K freestyle title on day two, as the men's slalom team finished second to highlight the day. Middlebury returns to action next weekend at the Vermont Carnival.

Heather Mooney earned her second win of the weekend for the Panthers, finishing with a time of 15:52 to take home the title in the 5K freestyle race. Kelsey Phinney was next for Middlebury, finishing fifth overall (14:22), while Stella Holt was the third Panther in the top 10 with a time of 14:44, good for 10th place.

The men's team saw its top effort come from Adam Luban, who covered the 10K free course in 24:55, finishing in 10th place. Patrick McElravey came in with a time of 25:13 to finish 15th overall. The finishes for Luban and McElravey were both personal bests. Jack Steele rounded out the Panther scorers in 34th place (26:21).

On the alpine slopes, Rob Cone, who won the GS on Friday, finished second in the slalom by just .03 seconds, coming in with a time of 1:44.78. Christopher McKenna earned a 12th-place finish in the event (1:46.12), while Colin Hayes was 18th (1:46.78).

Mary Sackbauer earned a top-10 finish in the slalom event to pace the women, coming in ninth overall with a time of 1:51.20. Kara Shaw was next for Middlebury in 18th place in 1:52.68, while Elle Gilbert crossed the line in 22nd (1:53.66).