Panther skiers take eighth at national meet

BOULDER, Colo. — The Middlebury College ski team concluded the 2018 NCAA championships on Saturday in eighth place among 23 scoring teams. Denver won the title with 604 points, followed by Colorado (563) and Dartmouth (448.5). The Panthers tallied 248 total points over the four-day event, placing third among eastern schools.
The final day of competition featured the women’s 15-kilometer and men’s 20K freestyle Nordic events. Katie Feldman was the Panthers’ top performer on Saturday, finishing in 13th place in 45:58. Also skiing for Middlebury were Cate Brams (47:40) and Alexandra Lawson (48:08).
On the men’s side, Adam Luban and Sam Wood finished in 15th (55:28) and 16th (55:29) places, respectively. Peter Wolter covered the 20K course in 56:47, good for 25th place.
The Middlebury alpine ski team concluded action on Friday in the men’s and women’s slalom races. Erik Arvidsson earned All-American honors with a fourth-place finish. He finished with a two-run time of 1:21.75. Riley Plant finished 25th in 1:26.58.
Just one Panther woman completed both runs: Lexi Calcagni placed 25th in 1:25.77. 
The Middlebury Nordic ski team opened on Thursday with the women’s 5K and men’s 10K classical races. 
The Middlebury women placed all three racers in the top 23 of the 40-person race. 
Alexandra Lawson led the Panthers in 16:26 to place 18th, followed in 19th place by Feldman in 16:27. Brams took 23rd in of 16:34.
On the men’s side, all three racers were in the top 24, with the 18 of the 24 hailing from western schools, whose skiers are used to the high-altitude racing. Sam Wood took 16th in 29:05, Luban was 18th in 29:15, and Wolter was 24th in 29:37.
The Middlebury alpine team was in action on day one in the giant slalom. The Panther women placing fourth in the event, led by a fourth-place effort by Caroline Bartlett. 
Bartlett finished the race with a two-run combined time of 1:53.57, which earned her All-American honors. Calcagni finished in 17th in 1:55.23, and Lucia Bailey was 20th in 1:55.99.
In the men’s race, Arvidsson took 11th with a two-run time of 1:50.48.

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