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Panther skiers claim third in Middlebury Winter Carnival

MIDDLEBURY — Wins by Alpine skiers Caroline Bartlett and Rob Cone highlighted the Middlebury College ski team’s third-place finish at the Panthers’ own winter carnival this past Friday and Saturday, with events held at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl and Rikert Nordic Center.
Dartmouth won the carnival with 1,027 points, followed by Vermont (816), Middlebury (750) and New Hampshire (648).
Bartlett picked up her third giant slalom win of the season on Saturday, and Cone won the slalom on Friday.
Bartlett led after the first run and completed a solid second trip down the mountain, winning with a two-run time of 2:06.30. Her teammate Lexi Calcagni took eighth in 2:08.28, and Katie Utter helped the Panthers tie for second in the event by placing 13th in 2:09.03.
Cone’s win was his seventh career carnival victory and first in the slalom this season. In third place after one run, the senior was steady again in his second trip to finish in 1:34.51. Panther teammate Colin Hayes took fourth in 1:35.14, and Christopher McKenna was 11th in 1:37.27.
Cone just missed a weekend sweep on Saturday, placing second by 0.10 seconds in the giant slalom in 2:01.48. Riley Plant was seventh in 2:03.37, while Colin Hayes was 16th in 2:04.26 as the Panther men finished second in the GS.
In Friday’s women’s slalom Jackie Atkins finished 13th (1:40.15), Utter came in 15th in 1:40.42, and Katy Greene was 24th in 1:43.86.
In Nordic action on Saturday, the men’s classic sprint relay teams finished seventh and eighth to lead the team to a third-place showing. The top team of Evan Weinman and Adam Luban finished in 21:44, and Sam Wood and Jacob Volz were close behind in 22:01.
The women’s relay teams earned Middlebury a fourth-place finish by coming in eighth and 10th. The top pair of Katie Feldman and Cate Brams combined for a time of 24:09, while Orli Schwartz and Kaitlin Fink were next in 24:14.
In Friday’s men’s 20-kilometer freestyle, Lewis Nottonson was seventh in 46:44, Wood was 14th in 47:34, and Luban finished 18th in 48:35 as the Panthers finished third in the event.
Katie Feldman paced the women in Friday’s 15K free in 42:24 to finish 17th. Next in 20th (42:34) was Fink, and Brams was 24th in 42:59.

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