The Middlebury women’s nordic team returns a solid core of veterans, while the men’s squad will have some holes to fill for the 2020 carnival season. Last season, the Panthers won their own carnival, while placing third in each of the other five competitions. The nordic squad qualified a full team for the NCAA Championships, placing 10th overall.

Senior Annika Landis and juniors Avery Ellis and Alexandra Lawson each qualified for the NCAA Championships last season. Sophomore Mae Chalmers competed in the first five carnivals a year ago, placing 10th in the 10K classic at the Rikert Nordic Center.

Annika Landis

Landis was the top performer in 2019 for the Middlebury women, earning All-East honors with a fourth-place ranking. She finished the season with six top-five finishes and placed in the top 10 in all 10 individual events a year ago.

Alexandra Lawson

Lawson is a two-time NCAA qualifier, who owned six top-10 finishes last year, including a sixth-place finish in the 10K classic at St. Lawrence. She opened the year by placing seventh the previous day in the 5K free at St. Lawrence.

Avery Ellis

Ellis ended the year ranked 22nd overall in the east, surging at the end of the season. Her best finish of the year came at the EISA Championships at Bates, where she was 11th in the 15K classic.

Junior Peter Wolter returns to the course to pace the men’s squad. The 2018 EISA Rookie of the Year and Second-Team All-East selection had another solid winter for the Panthers. He finished the season ranked 13th in the east with six top-10 finishes. His best effort of the season came at Middlebury, where he placed fourth in the 15K Classic.

Peter Wolter

Sophomore Samuel Hodges was a regular on the carnival circuit a year ago. Hodges cracked the top-10 in the 20K classic at the EISA Championships in ninth, while placing 11th in the 20K classic at UNH and 12th in the 15K classic at Middlebury. Junior Calvin Bates competed in five events last winter for the Panthers, while sophomore Wilson Moore will return from injury.

Samuel Hodges

Led by six-year head coach Andrew Johnson, the Panthers began their season with a November camp in Stoneham, Quebec, and pick things up after the winter break with a trip to the US National Championships in Houghton, Mich. Middlebury’s six-carnival schedule begins with the Harvard Carnival on January 17-18, culminating with the Middlebury Carnival (EISA Championships) on February 28-29. The NCAA Championships will take place from March 11-15 at Bridger Bowl in Bozeman, Montana.