Ski Teams Place Fourth at EISA Championships

Kelsey Phinney earned a season-best third-place finish.
Kelsey Phinney earned a season-best third-place finish.

Middlebury finished the carnival season with a fourth-place showing at the EISA Championships hosted by St. Lawrence at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, N.Y. Vermont won the event with 1,001 points, followed by Dartmouth (782), UNH (770) and the Panthers (686). Alpine events were contested at Whiteface Mountain, while the nordic events took place at Mt. Van Hoevenberg.

The women's nordic team led the way on day two, winning the 15K classic by placing racers second, third and 11th. After a win on Friday, Heather Mooney placed second on Saturday with a time of 53:47 in the mass-start race. Kelsey Phinney finished a season-best third in 53:47, while Stella Holt (54:29) was 11th.

Patrick McElravey led the men's squad in 12th place, covering the 20K classic course in 1:01.58. Adam Luban crossed the line in 34th place in 1:05.35, while Jack Steele rounded out the team's scorers.

On the alpine side, Mary Sackbauer led the women in the slalom race, placing ninth overall with a time of 1:56.47. Katelyn Barclay was next for the Panthers, crossing the line in 1:57.53, good for 13th place. Elle Gilbert was the third Middlebury racer to score in the event, coming in 19th place (1:57.99)

Colin Hayes equaled his best finish of the season for the men, coming in ninth overall in the slalom with a time of 1:53.30. Christopher McKenna was next in 15th place (1:54.03), followed by a season-best 17th-place effort by Christoph Niederhauser (1:54.09).

NCAA qualifiers will return to Lake Placid from March 11-14 for the NCAA Championships.