Phinney Wins 5K as Panthers Place Fourth at Bates Carnival

Kelsey Phinney earned a win in the 5K free.
Kelsey Phinney earned a win in the 5K free.

The Middlebury ski teams finished fourth among 17 scoring schools in the opening carnival of the season hosted by Bates. Kelsey Phinney picked up a win on day two, covering the 5K nordic free course in 12:13 to win by seven seconds. Alpine events took place at Sunday River, while the nordic teams competed at the Quarry Road Recreational Area in Waterville. Vermont won the event with 951 points, followed by Dartmouth (909), the University of New Hampshire (738) and Middlebury (622).

Kaitlin Fink was next for the Panthers in the 5K event, finishing 14th with a time of 12:46. Crossing the line in 24th place was Katie Feldman, who earned a time of 13:02 to round out the scorers.

On the men's side, Patrick McElravey earned a top-10 finish in the 10K free, placing ninth overall in 22:31. Middlebury's next two finishers claimed back-to-back spots, tallying 30th and 31st places in the race. Lewis Nottonson was the first to cross the line in 23:41, followed by Evan Weinman who earned a time of 23:46.

Despite three men not finishing their second runs on the alpine side, the deep Panther squad still placed three finishers in the top 17. Rob Cone led the group in the slalom, taking home fifth place with a two-run combined time of 1:52.51. Colin Hayes earned a top-10 finish in ninth place, crossing the line in 1:52.75. The team's final scorer was Christoph Niederhauser, who took home 17th-place in 1:54.37.

Mistakes on the second run cost the Panther women, as just Katy Greene was in the top of the pack with a 17th-place finish (2:08.23). Lexi Calcagni and Linley Shaw both earned team points in 35th (2:20.12) and 36th (2:20.64) places, respectively.