Saint Michael's skiing vaults three spots on final day of UNH Carnival

BARTLETT, N.H./JACKSON, N.H. - The Saint Michael's College skiing teams vaulted from last place after day one into 10th among 17 squads as the University of New Hampshire Carnival wrapped up on Saturday. The Purple Knights were 13th after Friday, when only Nordic races were contested due to inclement weather at the Alpine site, Attitash Mountain Resort. The Nordic portion of the meet occurred at the Jackson Nordic Center.

Saint Michael's totaled 226 points, 116 of them by the men's Alpine squad, as Saturday's slalom scores counted double toward the team tally. The University of Vermont won the carnival with 1,021 points.

Sophomore Carl-Oscar Bredengen (Reistad, Norway/Donski Alpine) took 21st in the men's slalom, with his combined two-run total of 1:39.65 leaving him just 0.46 seconds short of the top 20. Senior Nathan Bryant (Lee, N.H./Oyster River) was 29th in 1:43.04, and classmate JD Levine (Toronto, Ontario/National Ski Academy) took 33rd in 1:44.09. Of the 66 starters in the event, 27 either did not finish or were disqualified.

On the women's side, junior Gabbi Hall (San Anselmo, Calif./Forest Charter School) was 30th among 55 competitors in 1:50.31. Of the three Saint Michael's skiers to enter the event, she was the only one to finish.

Junior Colin Delaney (Lake Placid, N.Y./National Sports Academy) placed 47th among 89 starters in the men's Nordic 20K free mass start at 53:40.8, pacing the Purple Knights for the fourth time in as many races this winter. Senior Robert Sitzer (Lenox, Mass./Lenox Memorial) was 54th in 54:18.0, while freshman Brian Vargo (Shaftsbury, Vt./Mount Anthony Union) also scored for his team.

During the women's 15K free mass start, sophomore Gabrielle Naranja (Fort Kent, Maine/Fort Kent Community) paced the Purple Knights, clocking in at 49:19.6. Senior Sam Martell (Georgia, Vt./BFA-Saint Albans/Saint Lawrence), junior Katlyn Keane (Bethel, Maine/Telstar Regional) and freshman Chloe Boutelle (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) finished within 8.2 seconds of one another, as Boutelle and Keane were the second and third Saint Michael's scorers, respectively.

The Purple Knight squads return remain in Vermont next weekend for the three-day University of Vermont Carnival, which begins with Alpine races at the Stowe Mountain Resort on Friday. The Nordic portion kicks off on Saturday at the Trapp Family Lodge.