Ski Team Wraps Up Carnival Circuit at Home

Katie Feldman placed sixth in the 15K free.
Katie Feldman placed sixth in the 15K free.

Middlebury finished third overall at the 2018 Middlebury Carnival/EISA Championships held at the Rikert Nordic Center and the Snow Bowl. Caroline Bartlett picked up a win for the Panthers on Saturday, claiming the giant slalom title. Dartmouth won the overall carnival with 979 points, followed by Vermont (841) and the Panthers (816). Middlebury will have some time off from competition before competing in the NCAA Championships from March 7-10 in Colorado.

Bartlett's win in the giant slalom was the fourth of her career in the event, leading the team to a second-place finish. Her two-run time of 2:06.71 was notably faster than her nearest opponent, who was just over two seconds back. Lexi Calcagni earned a career-best fourth-place finish in the event, covering her home hill with a time of 2:08.98. Lucia Bailey was the team's third scorer, placing 11th in 2:11.34.

Erik Arvidsson completed a great weekend for the men, placing third for the second time, coming in with a two-run time of 2:04.45. Riley Plant and Angie Duke finished back to back for the Panthers, earning 10th (2:05.35) and 11th (2:05.36) places, respectively, as the team claimed third place.

Cate Brams led the Middlebury women in the nordic freestyle event, covering the course with a time of 40:15, good for fifth place. Just behind her was Katie Feldman, whose time of 40:21 earned her the sixth spot. Rounding out the third-place effort by the Panthers was Annika Landis, who finished the event with a time of 42:14, placing 16th.

The Panther men placed two in the top 10 during the 20K freestyle race on Saturday. Adam Luban paced the team on his home course, finishing fifth overall with a time of 46:35. Up next was Sam Wood, who claimed the eighth spot in 46:46. Rounding out the teams scorers was Lewis Nottonson, who crossed the line in 12th overall with a time of 46:58.