Nordic Teams Produce Strong Finishes on Day One at UVM Carnival

Adam Luban earned a career best second-place finish in the 20K free.
Adam Luban earned a career best second-place finish in the 20K free.

The Middlebury ski teams were together at the same carnival for the first time this season on Friday, taking part in events hosted by the University of Vermont. Nordic races are being held at the Trapp Family Lodge, while the alpine events are being contested at the Stowe Mountain Resort. The nordic men finished second overall on day one, while the women were third. Action continues on Saturday with the slalom event, as well as the women's 5K and men's 10K classic races.

Adam Luban earned the best finish of his Middlebury career in the 20K freestyle race, placing second overall with a time of 53:27. Next up for the Panthers was Sam Wood, who covered the course in 54:56, good for 13th place. Rounding out the scorers was Lewis Nottonson with a 20th-place effort in a time of 55:56.

Pacing the women in the 15K free was Katie Feldman, who tied a career best with a sixth-place finish in 48:05. Next to cross the line for the Panthers was Cate Brams, who cracked the top 10 in eighth place with a time of 48:09. Alexandra Lawson earned the best finish of her young career, posting a time of 49:06 to finish in 19th place.

The alpine men saw a pair of racers finish the GS, including Erik Arvidsson, who earned a team-best eighth-place finish in 2:05.45. Also scoring for the Panthers was Angie Duke, whose time of 2:10.08 earned him a 24th-place finish.

The alpine women had a rough day as just one racer was able to complete both runs at Stowe. Katie Utter earned a two-run time of 2:16.67, placing her 19th overall.