The Middlebury College ski teams have broken the nation’s longest conference winning streak by capturing the EISA (Eastern Intercollegiate Skiing Association) Championship last weekend, which also doubles as the Middlebury Carnival. Vermont had won the carnival for the previous 28 years before Middlebury took over the reins in â€˜04. This marks the end of the carnival season for the Eastern college teams, with Midd capturing five of the six eastern carnivals this season. They return to action on March 10-13 at the NCAA Championships hosted by the University of Nevada-Reno.
The Panthers won the carnival by a comfortable margin with 1,058 points. Vermont placed second with 1,017, followed by Dartmouth in third with 1,003.
As they have all season, the four Kates were at the top of the leaderboard. In the women's 5K free, Kate Crawford of UVM was a winner by six seconds over Kate Newick of Midd. Third and fourth were Kate Underwood (UNH) and Kate Whitcomb (Midd).
The usual men's suspects were also at the top. Lowell Bailey (UVM) won, ahead of Garrot Kuzzy (Midd), Ethan Foster (UVM), and Ryan Foster (UVM) in the 10K free.
Kate Underwood (UNH) was the winner on Saturday in the 10 Classic, followed by Alison Crocker (Dartmouth), Kate Newick, and Kate Whitcomb.
Lowell Bailey made it two for two with his win in the 15K Classic. Ethan Foster (UVM) was second, Garrott Kuzzy third, and Andrew Hunter (Dar) fourth.Source: Middlebury press release and Bart results