After two weeks off from the carnival circuit, the Middlebury ski teams returned to action at the EISA Championships hosted by St. Lawrence at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, N.Y. Alpine events are being contested at Whiteface Mountain, with the nordic events at Mt. Van Hoevenberg. Vermont leads after day one with 487 points, followed by Dartmouth (403), UNH (403) and Middlebury (343).
Heather Mooney continued her amazing season with her seventh win in 11 nordic races this winter. She took home the top prize in the 5K freestyle race on Friday, besting the field by 16 seconds with a time of 15:51. Stella Holt finished the race in 12th place overall in 16:55, while Kelsey Phinney came in 20th (17:02).
The men's alpine team finished second in the GS, despite the region's top racer Rob Cone not finishing his second run. Riley Plant led the pack of three in the top eight with a season-best fourth-place finish in 2:09.47. Just behind him was Christopher McKenna, who crossed the line in 2:10.00, good for sixth place. Ghassan Gedeon Achi also turned in his best race of the season, placing eighth overall with a time of 2:10.05.
Kara Shaw and Elle Gilbert paced the women in the giant slalom on day one. Shaw turned in a season-best ninth-place finish in 2:13.26, while Gilbert covered the course with a combined time of 2:13.47, good for 10th place. Rounding out the scorers was Katelyn Barclay, who placed 20th with a time of 2:15.31.