LAKE PLACID, N.Y. - Saint Michael's College Alpine skiing senior Gabbi Hall (San Anselmo, Calif./Forest Charter School) broke into the top 20 in the giant slalom on Friday during the opening day of the Saint Lawrence University Carnival. The Nordic team made its debut under new head coach Molly Peters.
The Purple Knights stand 12th out of 16 teams heading into Saturday's final day, as Alpine races will continue to be run at Whiteface Mountain, and Nordic concludes at Mount Van Hoevenberg. With 92 points, Saint Michael's trails the University of Laval by one point despite two of its scoring positions going vacant on Friday.
Hall grabbed 19th among 73 starters in the giant slalom, recording a two-run time of 2:08.60. Thanks to trimming 0.38 seconds off of her opening run, she posted the 15th-best time among skiers who completed a second trek down the hill. Hall was the lone Purple Knight to finish both runs.
During the men's giant slalom, first-year Brad Farrell (West Windsor, Vt./Sharon Academy) was 22nd in 2:02.99 after posting the 19th-best opening performance. Junior Tim Spangler (Summit, N.J./Summit) placed 37th with a composite time of 2:06.58, as his 1:02.70 showing in the second run was 1.18 seconds better than his first effort of the day, the second-largest improvement among the 45 skiers who completed both runs. Junior Carl-Oscar Bredengen (Oslo, Norway/Donski Alpine) captured 43rd as the Purple Knights' third scorer.
In the Nordic men's 20K freestyle, senior Colin Delaney (Lake Placid, N.Y./National Sports Academy) had his team's highest finish, taking 50th in 53:26.0, while sophomore Isaiah St. Pierre (Charlestown, N.H./Fall Mountain Regional) and first-year Samuel Fogg (Rutland, Vt./Rutland) were the next two scorers.
On the women's side, senior Katlyn Keane (Bethel, Maine/Telstar Regional) had the squad's best showing in the 15K freestyle, clocking in at 50:52.0. Junior Silke Hynes (Burlington, Ontario/Milton District) and sophomore Chloe Boutelle (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) took the next two spots for their team.