The Middlebury nordic team opened up action at the Dartmouth Carnival with the women's 10K and the men's 15K freestyle races on Friday at Oak Hill. Friday's GS races were postponed due to wet and icy conditions. Vermont leads after day one's nordic competition with 248 points, followed by Dartmouth (220) and Colby (202). The Panthers currently sit in fifth place with 155 points.
Sam Wood was the top Panther finisher on Friday, covering the course in 45:30, good for fifth place overall. Lewis Nottonson and Peter Wolter were next, placing 26th (47:32) and 27th (47:44), respectively.
Pacing the Middlebury women was Annika Landis, who came in eighth overall with a time of 31:51. Placing 32nd in the race was Avery Ellis, who crossed the line in 33:29. Completing the Panther scorers was Mae Chalmers, whose time of 34:35 put her 41st overall.