The Middlebury ski team concluded day one of action at the 2019 EISA Championships hosted by Bates. Vermont leads the event with 477 points, followed by Dartmouth (476) and the Panthers (390). Action concludes tomorrow with nordic events beginning at 10:00 a.m. and the slalom getting underway at 9:30 a.m.
The men's nordic team continued its impressive surge to end the season. The Panthers finished second overall in the 10K freestyle at Black Mountain on Friday afternoon. Sam Wood completed the race with a time of 24:04, to place third, leading a Panther trio in the top eight. Right behind him was Lewis Nottonson, who covered the course in 24:14 to finish fourth overall. Peter Wolter rounded out the Middlebury scorers with an eighth-place effort in 24:32.
In the women's 5K freestyle race, Annika Landis led the Panther women, finishing the course eighth overall in 13:47. Alexandra Lawson came in 14th place overall, turning in a time of 14:05. Three spots back in 17th place was Avery Ellis, who earned a time of 14:06 as the Panthers placed third in the event.
On the slopes at Sunday River and fresh off two wins at the Middlebury Carnival, Erik Arvidsson turned in a solid fourth-place effort in the GS, coming in with a time of 2:36.34. Justin Akier was next for the Panthers in 13th place (2:38.02), followed by Pate Campbell, who crossed the line in 19th (2:38.59).
On the women's side, Lucia Bailey was Middlebury's top finisher, completing her two runs with a time for 2:39.47, good for seventh place. Placing 12th in the GS was Caroline Bartlett, who came in with a time of 2:40.88. Completing the scorers was Madison Lord, who earned a time of 2:42.74 to finish in 20th place.