Panthers claim first carnival in 11 winters

MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College ski team captured its own carnival this past weekend for its first carnival victory meet in 11 years.
The Panthers performed well at both the Middlebury Snow Bowl and Rikert Nordic Center to finish with 915 points and edge Dartmouth (908) and Vermont (875). The Panthers will compete in the Eastern championships this weekend at Bates.
Erik Arvidsson sparked the Panthers by winning both Friday’s slalom and Saturday’s giant slalom for his first two victories for Middlebury. Caroline Bartlett paced the Panther women with a win in Saturday’s GS.
MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE JUNIOR Katie Utter hangs tight around a gate in Saturday’s giant slalom race at the Snow Bowl during the Middlebury Carnival. Photo by Benjy Renton
Arvidsson completed his weekend sweep by winning the GS in a combined two-run time of 2:05.87, with teammate Tim Gavett in second in 2:06.18. Panther Justin Alkier was fifth in 2:06.85 as Middlebury won the event.
Bartlett covering Saturday two runs in 2:12.57. Finishing seventh for the Panthers was Lexi Calcagni in 2:14.47. Behind her by just 0.02 seconds was teammate Lucia Bailey in eighth as the Panthers were second as a team.
On Friday, Arvidsson took home the slalom title in 1:37.84. Justin Alkier took 12th in 1:39.75, and Angie Duke was 29th in 1:41.53. 
The women placed three racers in the top eight to finish second in the slalom. Bailey led the pack in third in 1:45.46. Bartlett was sixth in 1:45.58, and Madison Lord placed eighth in 1:45.88. 
MIDDLEBURY’S ANNIKA LANDIS came in fifth in the women’s 10K classic. Photo by Benjy Renton
On Friday the Panther men’s Nordic team took three of the top four places in the 15K classic race. Sam Wood earned his second collegiate victory by covering the course in 39:16. Lewis Nottonson was third in 39:21, and Peter Wolter took fourth in 39:37. Also posting a career-best effort was Sam Hodges, who was 12th in 40:18. A 2018 Middlebury Union High School graduate, Hodges won the Vermont State Nordic title last year and in 2017.
The women were third in the 10K classical race. Annika Landis paced the Panthers in fifth in 30:02. Mae Chalmers was 10th in 31:10, and Alexandra Lawson finished 11th in 31:13.
The Panther Nordic team placed second in the men’s 10-kilometer freestyle race on Saturday. Sam Wood placed third in 22:23, Lewis Nottonson was fifth in 22:30, and Peter Wolter was eighth in 22:43.
MIDDLEBURY SENIOR SAM Wood leads a trio back toward the Rikert Nordic Ski Center during the 15K Classic race during Friday’s Middlebury College Carnival. Wood won the race and teammates Lewis Nottonson (No. 9) and Peter Wolter (No. 12) placed third and fourth, respectively. Photo by Benjy Renton
Annika Landis led the Middlebury women in the 5K freestyle by placing sixth in 13:24. Alexandra Lawson was 12th in 13:52, and Avery Ellis was 14th in 13:53 as the Panthers took third. Cornwall native Sophie Hodges placed 25th in 14:17.3, scoring points for the Panthers.

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