The Middlebury ski team placed fourth overall in the second carnival of the season at the University of Vermont. The Panthers finished with 661 points, while UVM (940), Dartmouth (885) and UNH (782) led the field. Alpine races were held at Stowe Mountain Resort's Spruce Peak and Main Street course, while the Nordic events took place at Trapp Family Lodge. Middlebury returns to action next weekend at the St. Michael's Carnival.
The women's nordic team took top honors on Saturday, placing fourth in the 10K classic. Heather Mooney completed the event in fourth place, coming in with a time of 33:31. Kelsey Phinney also earned a top-10 finish for the Panthers, covering the course in 33:39, good for seventh place. Rounding out the scorers was Stella Holt, who crossed the line 18th in 34:38.
Patrick McElravey led the men's squad with a solid ninth-place finish, coming in with a time of 42:31 in the 15K classic event. Jacob Volz (44:24) and Evan Weinman (44:37) finished 31st and 32nd to round out the team's scorers.
On the alpine slopes, Rob Cone, who has a pair of wins and a second-place finish in three events, unfortunately missed a gate on his second run and was disqualified in the slalom race. Christopher McKenna was the men's top finisher in the event, coming in 15th with a time of 1:54.12. Jack Schibli (1:55.62) and Christoph Niederhauser (1:56.07) were 20th and 21st respectively.
Mary Sackbauer continued to pace the Panther women, placing 10th in the slalom event with a time of 2:00.02. Katelyn Barclay crossed the line in 2:08.29 to finish 20th, while Yina Moe-Lange finished 22nd with a time of 2:09.53.