Middlebury College skiers take fourth at UVM carnival
STOWE — The Middlebury College ski team placed fourth at the University of Vermont Winter Carnival, the season’s second carnival. The Panthers finished with 661 points, while UVM (940), Dartmouth (885) and New Hampshire (782) led the field. Alpine races were held at the Stowe Mountain Resort, while the Nordic events took place at Trapp Family Lodge. Middlebury returns to action this weekend at the St. Michael’s Carnival.
The women’s Nordic team placed fourth in the Saturday’s 10-kilometer classic. Heather Mooney was fourth in 33:31. Kelsey Phinney took seventh in 33:39. Rounding out the Panther scorers was Stella Holt in 18th (34:38).
Patrick McElravey was ninth (42:31) for the Panther men in the 15K classic. Jacob Volz (44:24) and Evan Weinman (44:37) finished 31st and 32nd, respectively, to round out the team’s scorers.
On the slopes, Rob Cone, who has two wins and a second-place finish in three events, missed a gate on his second run and was disqualified in the slalom. Christopher McKenna, 15th in 1:54.12, was the Panther men’s top finisher in the slalom, while Jack Schibli (1:55.62) and Christoph Niederhauser (1:56.07) were 20th and 21st, respectively.
For the women, Mary Sackbauer placed 10th in the slalom in 2:00.02. Katelyn Barclay was 20th in 2:08.29, while Yina Moe-Lange took 22nd in 2:09.53.
On Friday, Cone won the giant slalom in 2:08.12 to lead the Panthers to a second-place finish in the event. McKenna took 12th in 2:10.61, while Ghassan Gedeon Achi was 15th in 2:10.86.
Sackbauer was 10th in the GS in 2:16.53. Elle Gilbert finished in a 12th-place tie (2:15.94), while Barclay was 17th (2:16.12).
The women’s Nordic team placed three racers in the top 10 of the 5K freestyle race to place third. Mooney was third in 14:35, Phinney was ninth in 14:48, and Holt took 10th in 14:57.
In the men’s 10K, McElravey led the Panthers with a 16th-place finish in 26:24. Next was Adam Luban in 20th-place (26:42), and Volz rounded out the scoring in 55th place.
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