Day One Complete at Middlebury Carnival

Stella Holt earned a season-best sixth-place finish.
Stella Holt earned a season-best sixth-place finish.

Despite bone-chilling temperatures, day one of action is complete at the 92nd annual Middlebury College winter carnival. Vermont leads after day one with 458 points, followed by UNH (407), Dartmouth (389) and the Panthers (381). Nordic races are being held at the Rikert Nordic Center, while alpine events are taking place at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl. 

Heather Mooney won her sixth race of the season to lead the Middlebury women in the 10K classic event at Rikert. Mooney covered the course in 31:01, 10 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor. Stella Holt turned in a personal-best finish of sixth on the 2015 circuit, coming in with a time of 32:06. Rounding out the scorers was Nicolette Amber, who placed 17th in 33:26 to help lead the Panthers to the victory in the event.

Patrick McElravey led the Middlebury men for the seventh time in eight races this season, placing 14th in the 10K classic with a time of 27:10. Adam Luban was next for the Panthers in 18th place (27:32), followed by Evan Weinman in 26th (27:52).

Rob Cone earned his third second-place finish of the season in the slalom, finishing with a time of 1:31.37 to help earn his team a third-place finish. Colin Hayes earned a top-10 finish, crossing the line in 1:33.00 to place ninth overall, his best effort of the season. Christopher McKenna rounded out the team's scorers in 12th, earning a time of 1:33.08.

Mary Sackbauer paced the women for the sixth time in eight races this season, earning a season-best sixth-place finish in the slalom with a time of 1:42.99. Katy Greene also turned in her best performance of the season, coming in 16th overall in 1:46.43. Elle Gilbert wasn't far behind in 19th place, crossing the line in 1:46.51.