The Middlebury ski team returned to action on Friday at the University of Vermont Carnival. The Panthers are in fourth place (350) after day one, while the host school leads with 457 points. Dartmouth (440) and UNH (426) round out the top five.
Action resumes on Saturday with the men's 10K free and the women's 5K free, along with the slalom races. The alpine races are being held at Stowe Mountain Resort's Spruce Peak and Main Street course, while the Nordic events are taking place at Trapp Family Lodge.
Rob Cone earned his second-straight giant slalom victory on Friday, covering the course in 2:08.12 to lead the team to a second-place finish. Ending the race in 12th place was Christopher McKenna in 2:10.61, while Ghassan Gedeon Achi covered the course with a time of 2:10.86, good for 15th place.
Mary Sackbauer was the women's top finisher for the third-straight race, placing 10th in the GS with a time of 2:16.53. Not far behind was Elle Gilbert in a 12th-place tie (2:15.94), while Katelyn Barclay was 17th (2:16.12).
The women's nordic team had another big day, placing three racers in the top 10 of the 5K freestyle race to place third overall. Heather Mooney continued her impressive season with a third-place finish, coming in with a time of 14:35. Next for the Panthers in ninth place was Kelsey Phinney, who covered the course in 14:48. Just behind her was Stella Holt, who crossed the line in 14:57 and placed 10th overall.
The men's squad wasn't as fortunate in the 10K freestyle event. Patrick McElravey led the team with a 16th-place finish with a time of 26:24. Next was Adam Luban in 20th place (26:42), while Jacob Volz rounded out the scorers.