Day one of action is complete in the third carnival of the season as St. Michael's is hosting for the first time since 2010. The Panthers are in fourth place (359) after the first day, while Vermont leads with a total of 466 points. Dartmouth (380), UNH (376) and Colby (309) round out the top five. Alpine events are taking place at Smugglers' Notch Resort in Jeffersonville, while nordic races are being contested at Sleepy Hollow Inn, Ski and Bike Center in Huntington.
Led by Heather Mooney, who captured her third win in five races, the Middlebury women's nordic team won the 5K classic event. Finishing with a time of 17:18.3, Mooney was joined in the top eight by Stella Holt and Kelsey Phinney. Holt finished the event with a season-best seventh-place finish in 18:00.6, while Phinney wasn't far behind in eighth place with a time of 18:10.
On the men's side, Patrick McElravey led the pack for the fourth time this season, placing 26th in the 10K classic event with a time of 33:24.8. Jacob Volz covered the course in 33:38.9, good for 28th place, while Adam Luban rounded out the scorers in 37th (34:02.9).
Rob Cone earned his third-straight giant slalom victory on Friday, covering the course in 1:50.23 to lead the team to a third-place finish. Joining Cone in the top-10 was Christopher McKenna with a sixth-place time of 1:51.78, while Devon Cardamone covered the course with a time of 1:55.32 for 35th place.
Katelyn Barclay was the women's top finisher as the Panthers landed five skiers in the top-20 places. Barclay compiled an eighth-place giant slalom combined time of 1:53.85. Not far behind was Mary Sackbauer in 11th place (1:54.51), just ahead of Kara Shaw in 12th (1:54.54).