Kelsey Phinney's win in the 15K classic sparked Middlebury as the Panthers finished fourth overall at Dartmouth Carnival. The University of Vermont captured the overall title with 888 points, followed by Dartmouth (858), UNH (826) and Middlebury (645). Alpine races took place at the Dartmouth Skiway, while the nordic race was held at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center in Vermont, due to the lack of snow at Oak Hill. The Panthers return to action next weekend at the Williams Carnival.
Phinney's win was her third of the season, crossing the line with a time of 44:50, four seconds ahead of her nearest competitor. Annie Pokorny just missed a top-10 finish in 11th place, covering the course in 46:20. Rounding out the team scorers was Nicolette Amber, who earned a top-20 finish in 18th place (47:23).
Pacing the men in the 20K classic was Evan Weinman, who came in 32nd place overall with a time of 50:27. Not far behind was Jacob Volz, who finished the race in 50:36, good for 36th place. Lewis Nottonson was Middlebury's third scorer in the event, placing 40th in 50:42.
On the alpine side, Colin Hayes led the men in the slalom, earning a season-best fourth-place finish with a time of 1:38.69. Rob Cone posted his fifth top-10 effort this season, finishing with a time of 1:39.39 to place seventh overall. Ghassan Geddeon Achi was the third Panther to cross the line, placing 18th overall in 1:40.82. Christopher McKenna was two spots back, earning a top-20 finish with a time of 1:41.35.
Lexi Calcagni was the first female from Middlebury to finish the slalom, holding down the 16th spot with a two-run time of 1:42.12. Elle Gilbert just missed the top-20 in 21st place overall, crossing the line in 1:44.54. Only two spots back from Gilbert was Linley Shaw, who placed 23rd in the event with a time of 1:45.08.