The Middlebury ski teams finished third among 14 teams scoring points at the 2019 EISA Championships hosted by Bates. Dartmouth won the carnival with 973 points, followed by Vermont (965) and the Panthers (758). Middlebury racers will return to action from March 6-9 at the NCAA Championships hosted by the University of Vermont.
The men's nordic team was strong again on Saturday, placing second overall with three finishers in the top nine during the 20K classic. Sam Wood led the pack at Black Mountain, placing fifth overall with a time of 53:08. Lewis Nottonson was next to cross the line for the Panthers, completing the race with a time of 53:26 to finish eighth. Earning his best-career finish was Samuel Hodges, who cracked the top 10 in ninth, one second behind Nottonson at 53:27.
Leading the women to a third-place finish was Annika Landis, who crossed the line with a time of 45:55, good for eighth place. Earning the best finish of her career was Avery Ellis, who placed 11th overall with a time of 46:24. Rounding out the scorers was Alexandra Lawson, who earned the 17th spot in 47:22.
The men's alpine team placed third during the slalom race at Sunday River. The day's top finisher was Tim Gavett, who completed his two runs in 1:52.98 to place sixth overall. Justin Alkier cracked the top 10 in ninth place overall, coming in with a time of 1:53.46. Max Stamler was the third Panther scorer, earning a time of 1:59.58 for a 31st-place finish.
Pacing the women was Lucia Bailey, who crossed the line in 10th place in 1:56.14. Next up for the Panthers was Caroline Bartlett, whose time of 1:56.47 was good for 12th place. Madison Lord covered the two runs in 1:57.55, giving her a 16th-place finish.