Alpine and Nordic skiing squads finish 10th at season-opening Bates Carnival

Alpine and Nordic skiing squads finish 10th at season-opening Bates Carnival

NEWRY, Maine/RUMFORD, Maine - The Saint Michael's College Alpine and Nordic teams combined for a 10th-place showing among 16 institutions when the season-opening Bates College Carnival came to a close on Saturday. The Purple Knights scored 216 points, while the University of Vermont won with 914 points. Over the weekend, Alpine races occurred at Sunday River, and Nordic events were contested at Black Mountain.

Junior Brad Farrell (West Windsor, Vt./Sharon Academy) slid into the top 10 during the slalom, taking ninth in a two-run combined time of 1:46.01. He shaved 3.79 seconds off of his opening run of the day. Senior Fredrik Sandell (Oslo, Norway/Donski Alpine) was just 0.89 seconds back, claiming 19th at 1:46.90 by cutting 5.72 ticks off of his first run. First-year Nick Cosentino (Waitsfield, Vt./Green Mountain Valley School) was the Purple Knights' third finisher, in 41st place at 1:59.54.

For the second straight day, first-years Ella Dorval Hall (Newbury, Mass./Gould Academy) and Meggane Grand (La Plagne, France/Lycée des métiers Ambroise Croizat) were the lone two Saint Michael's Alpine women to make two runs in their event. Grand placed 25th in 1:55.19, while Dorval Hall was 27th in 1:56.02, moving up nine spots thanks to a second trek that was 1.32 seconds faster than her opener.

First-year Emma Barnes (Amherst, Wis./Amherst) paced her squad in the 5K freestyle, claiming 45th by crossing the finish line in 16:37.7. Senior Chloe Boutelle (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) narrowly trailed, placing 49th at 16:46.0, and sophomore Julia Snyder (Fairfax, Vt./BFA-Fairfax) took 60th in 17:42.5.

On the men's side, sophomore Torin La Liberte (Madison, N.H./Kennett) came in 51st with a time of 27:17.5, and senior Isaiah St. Pierre (Charlestown, N.H./Fall Mountain Regional) was 60th in 27:56.3. Rounding out the Purple Knights' top three was sophomore Cody Putnam (Alburgh, Vt./BFA-Saint Albans), who placed 70th at 31:49.1.

Saint Michael's returns to action next Friday and Saturday for the UVM Carnival, the first of three events in a four-week stretch that occur in Vermont.