Ski Team Wins Second-Straight Carnival

Samuel Hodges was part of Middlebury's scoring relay team on Saturday.
Samuel Hodges was part of Middlebury's scoring relay team on Saturday.

The Middlebury ski team won its second-straight carnival on Saturday, taking home the crown at Williams. The Panthers finished with 855 points, followed by Vermont (843) and Dartmouth (752). Justin Alkier picked up a win in the slalom event, while the women's nordic team won today's relay race. Nordic competition was held at Mt. Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid, N.Y., while the alpine events took place at Jiminy Peak in Hancock, Mass. Middlebury is off next weekend, before hosting its own carnival on February 28-29.

The nordic teams held a 3x5K relay on Saturday, with the top finishing team scoring carnival points. On the women's side, Alexandra Lawson, Sophia Laukli, and Annika Landis took home the title with a time of 34:34, 1:06 better than their nearest opponent. The Panther men's team comprised of Peter Wolter, Samuel Hodges and Willson Moore came in seventh overall in 36:29.

Alkier's victory was his third of season, covering the two runs in 1:33.9. Erik Arvidsson placed in the top six for the eighth time this season, finishing fourth overall in 1:35.2. After sharing the GS title with Arvidsson on Friday, Tim Gavett earned a solid sixth-place finish (1:35.4) on Saturday.

Lucia Bailey was Middlebury's top finisher in the women's slalom race, earning her fifth top-five finish in 2020 by placing third in 1:38.3. Next up was Emma Hall who placed a career-best ninth (1:40), followed by Nina Reichhelm in 18th place (1:41.1).