January 28, 2013

The Middlebury ski team finished in fourth place overall at the three-day Colby Carnival. Vermont (962) won the event, followed by Dartmouth (845), UNH (746) and the Panthers (709). Middlebury had a winner on both the alpine and nordic side on the weekend.

On day one, junior David Donaldson (Toronto, Ont.) made it 3-3 in giant slalom races this season, earning another victory as he finished with a time of 1:40.18, besting his competition by .61 seconds. Also finishing in the top 10 was junior Hig Roberts (Steamboat Springs, Colo.), who placed sixth overall in 1:41.97. Senior Andrew McNealus (Woodstock, Vt.) rounded out the Panther scorers with an 18th place finish (1:43.55). The following day, Donaldson took home a second place finish in the slalom, finishing just .10 seconds off the winning pace. Roberts earned a solid fifth place finish (1:26.88) for Middlebury, while senior Bryan Shpall (Englewood, Colo.) was 12th (1:27.12).

Sophomore Yina Moe-Lange (Sammamish, Wash.) led the women, just missing a top 10 finish with an 11th place effort with a time of 1:48.09. Just behind her in 12th was sophomore Mary Sackbauer (Vail, Colo.) in 12th with a time of 1:48.14, followed by sophomore Kerry Daigle (Centerville, Mass.) in 32nd (1:53.66). Sackbauer was the team’s top finisher in the slalom, coming in 12th overall in 1:32.56. Sophomore Katelyn Barclay (Pittsford, N.Y.) finished the event in 14th place (1:33.01), while sophomore Makenzie Brown (Moretown, Vt.) came in 19th (1:33.78).

On the nordic side, Ben Lustgarten (Burlington, Vt.) picked up a win the 10K classical race, covering the course in 24:59. The win was the first of his career for the Panther junior. Junior Austin Cobb (Peru, Vt.) was next for the Panthers in 15th place (26:35), followed by sophomore Dylan McGarthwaite (Hayward, Wis.) in 29th (27:12). The following day, Lustgarten again led the team, this time with a third place finish (47:31) in the 20K freestyle race. Cobb finished the event in 13th place (48:41), while McGarthwaite was 29th (50:31).

First-year racer Kelsey Phinney (Boulder, Colo.) paced the women’s team in the 5K classical with a sixth place finish in 18:07. Senior Keely Levins (Rutland, Vt.) was next for the Panthers in 30th (19:19), followed by senior Hilary Rich (Andover, Mass.) in 37th place (19:33). Phinney repeated her sixth place effort the following day, earning a time of 44:36 in the 15K freestyle event. Rookie Issy Pelletier (Grafton, Vt.) was Middlebury’s second finisher, placing 18th in 46:24, followed by Rich in 25th (47:13).

• Ski team fourth at Colby

• Up next: 2/2-3 @ UVM (nordic)