Annie Pokorny won the 5K freestyle and Rob Cone placed second in the giant slalom to highlight day two of the 93rd annual Middlebury Winter Carnival. The event also doubles as the EISA Championship as well as an NCAA Regional. The University of Vermont leads after three events with 715 points, followed by Dartmouth (617) the University of New Hampshire (552) and the Panthers (550). Action concludes on Sunday at the Rikert Nordic Center with the men's 20K free at 10:00 a.m. and the women's 15K free at 11:30 a.m.
Alpine action came to an end on Saturday as Cone just missed a weekend sweep, finishing .05 seconds off the winning pace in the giant slalom. Riley Plant tied his best effort of the carnival season with a sixth-place finish, crossing the line in 2:03.29. Christoph Niederhauser completed the team's scorers with a 31st-place effort (2:07.85).
On the women's side, the Panthers earned their best finish of the season with three racers in the top-12. Lexi Calcagni turned in her top performance of 2016, finishing fourth overall in the giant slalom with a time of 2:09.45. Placing 11th was Elle Gilbert, who also earned a season-best finish with a time of 2:11.28. Just behind her was Caroline Bartlett, who rounded out the scorers in 12th place in 2:11.37.
On day one of nordic racing, Pokorny earned her second-straight win as her time of 12:09 was nearly nine seconds better than her nearest opponent. Kaitlin Fink tied her best finish of the year, placing 13th in the 5K free race with a time of 13:04. Just one second behind was Cate Brams in 15th place, who earned a season-best finish with a time of 13:05.
Patrick McElravey returned to the course on Saturday for the men, finishing a team-best 19th in the 10K freestyle race with a time of 23:17. Lewis Nottonson was next for the Panthers in 22nd place (23:22), followed by Jacob Volz, who finished 26th (23:41).