The Middlebury College ski team won the school’s first-ever carnival since the EISA has been combining Alpine and Cross country team scores in 1983. The feat came at Sugarloaf USA, this year’s site for the Colby Carnival.Â
Middlebury's success on the xc trails had a lot to do with their win. They had one individual xc winner and won both relays.
In the women's 10K freestyle, it was a good day to be named Kate. It was an even better day to be named Claire. Midd Sophomore Claire Anderson (Whitefish, Mont.) picked up where she left off at last year’s EISA Championships as she won the women’s 10K freestyle race in 31:50. Second was Kate Underwood from University of New Hampshire, third was Kate Crawford from Vermont. Also with top five finishes for Middlebury were senior Kate Whitcomb (Worthington, Mass.) in fourth (32:29) and senior Kate Newick (Canterbury, N.H.) in fifth (32:38).
The Middlebury threesome also combined to win the women’s 3×5 relay race on Sunday with a cumulative time of 48:29. UNH was second in the relay, Dartmouth was third.
Â In the men's 15K free, UVM was the strongest team. Vermont's Lowell Bailey eeked out a two second win over Middlebury's Garrott Kuzzy. UVM's Ethan Foster was third, teammate Anders Osthus was fourth, and St Lawrence's Angus McKuster was fifth.
Despite three in the top four in the freestyle race, UVM was unable to win the 3×5 relay the next day. Instead, the Middlebury team of Kuzzy, Colin Rodgers, and Marshall Green won with a combined time of 41:13. Rodgers won a sprint finish with UVM's Foster for the victory. UVM had to settle for second while Middlebury's second team was third.
Sources: Middlebury press release, BART timing