Nordic Teams Excel Again on Day Two as Middlebury Wins Its Own Carnival

Annika Landis was sixth in the women's 5K free race (@FlyingPoint).
Annika Landis was sixth in the women's 5K free race (@FlyingPoint).

The Middlebury ski teams won their own carnival with impressive performances at both the Middlebury Snow Bowl and Rikert Nordic Center. The Panthers finished with 915 points, to edge Dartmouth (908) and down the University of Vermont (875). The carnival win is the first for the Panthers since 2008, when they captured the Vermont Carnival. The men's alpine team won the giant slalom on Saturday, led by a victory from Erik Arvidsson, who also won Friday's slalom event. Caroline Bartlett paced the Panther women with a win in the GS. The alpine teams are back at it on Sunday, making up races at Dartmouth. Both teams will compete next weekend at the EISA Championships, hosted by Bates.

The men's nordic team placed second overall in the 10K freestyle race. Sam Wood was the top Panther to finish the event, placing third with a time of 22:23. Next up for Middlebury was Lewis Nottonson, whose time of 22:30 earned him a fifth-place finish. Three spots back in eighth place was Peter Wolter, who earned a time of 22:43 on the afternoon.

Annika Landis led the Middlebury women in the 5K free event, placing sixth with a time of 13:24. In 12th place was Alexandra Lawson, completing the course in 13:52. Rounding out the scorers was Avery Ellis, who earned a time of 13:53 to come in 14th as the Panthers were third overall.

Arvidsson completed the weekend sweep with a time of 2:05.87 in his two trips down the mountain to capture the GS title. Just behind him was teammate Tim Gavett, who earned a time of 2:06.18 to place second. Also in the top five was Justin Alkier, whose time of 2:06.85 placed him fifth.

Bartlett picked up her fourth giant slalom win of her career, covering the two runs with a time of 2:12.57 on her home hill. Finishing seventh for the Panthers was Lexi Calcagni, who crossed the line in 2:14.47. Behind her by just .02 seconds was teammate Lucia Bailey, who placed eighth in 2:14.49 to help her team to a second-place finish.