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Panthers ski to third at Williams carnival

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Middlebury College ski team finished third at the Williams Carnival this past weekend, an effort highlighted by wins from junior Sam Wood and the men’s Nordic team in the 10K, and second-place efforts by the men’s alpine and women’s Nordic squads. Dartmouth won with 990 points, followed by Vermont (910) and the Panthers (756). Nordic races were held at the Berkshire East Ski Resort, while the alpine races took place at Jiminy Peak.
On Friday, Wood’s win was the first of his career. He covered the 10K course in 29:45. Just two seconds behind in second was junior Lewis Nottonson in 29:47. Senior Adam Luban took eighth in 30:18. Freshman Peter Wolter was 10th in 30:26, while senior Jacob Volz was 14th (30:45).
The women’s team saw senior Cate Brams finish second in 16:39 in the 5K. Classmate Katie Feldman finished in 17:16, good for eighth. Placing 10th was rookie Alexandra Lawson, who finished in 17:28. Sophomore Annika Landis was 12th (17:35) and sophomore Orli Schwartz took 15th (17:50).
Junior Caroline Bartlett led the women’s alpine team on Friday, taking 11th in the giant slalom in 1:45.43. Junior Lexi Calcagni took 16th in 1:45.91, and sophomore Katie Utter was 21st in 1:46.44.
On the men’s side, freshman Erik Arvidsson was eighth in 1:42.25 to lead the team to a second-place finish. Senior Riley Plant was 11th in 1:42.54, and junior Angie Duke was 21st in 1:43.39.
On Saturday, Brams led the women’s team to third in the 3.8K freestyle race by placing seventh in 9:39. Next up was Feldman in 13th in 9:51, followed by Lawson in 16th (9:55).
Wood again paced the Panther men, completing the 3.8K freestyle race in 8:28, good for eighth. Coming in 13th was Wolter in 8:32, followed by Luban, who came in 19th (8:34).
On the alpine side, Arvidsson led the Middlebury men in the slalom by taking second in 1:52.79. Plant was 19th in 1:55.56, and senior Jack Schibli was 33rd in 1:59.53.
Freshman Lucia Bailey paced the Panther women by taking 10th in 2:09.38. Utter followed in 16th (2:10.60), and sophomore Jackie Atkins was 22nd (2:12.20).

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