The Panther ski teams returned to the carnival circuit on Friday, with day one of competition at the University of New Hampshire Carnival. Dartmouth holds the lead after day one with 455 points, while Middlebury holds down the sixth spot (252). Action continues on Saturday with the slalom and the women's 15K and men's 20K freestyle events. The nordic races were contested at the Jackson Touring Center, while alpine races took place at Cannon Mountain.
Adam Luban was the first Panther to cross the finish line in Friday's 10K classic event, taking home 11th-place honors with a time of 26:58. Just two spots behind him was Evan Weinman, who completed the course in 26:59 to earn 13th place. Sam Wood rounded out the scorers in 17th (27:11), while Lewis Nottonson wasn't far back in 19th (27:16), as the Panthers finished fifth overall.
The women's 5K classical race saw Cate Brams lead Middlebury to the finish line with a time of 15:45, good for 21st place. Next was Katie Feldman, who earned a time of 16:13 to cross the line in 33rd. Completing the scorers was Orli Schwartz, who took home 40th place in 16:28.
On the alpine slopes, the Middlebury women placed fifth overall with two finishers in the top 20. Jackie Atkins led the squad on day one, coming in 13th overall with a two-run time of 2:23.83. Placing 19th was Lexi Calcagni in 2:25.16, while Katy Greene claimed 23rd place with a time of 2:26.64. Caroline Bartlett was leading the field after the first run, but was unable to complete her second trip down the mountain.
On the men's side, four of the teams six racers did not finish, three of them on their first run. Just missing the top 10 was Colin Hayes, who crossed the line in 11th place with a time of 2:18.44. The other Panther to finish the race was Christopher McKenna, who placed 18 overall in 2:20.09.