Barnes, Guillaume Grand net historic performances to buoy Saint Michael's in Bates opener

Barnes, Guillaume Grand net historic performances to buoy Saint Michael's in Bates opener

NEWRY, Maine/WATERVILLE, Maine - Nordic skiing sophomore Emma Barnes (Amherst, Wis./Amherst) and Alpine skiing first-year Guillaume Grand (La Plagne, France/Lycée Général Ferrié) both turned in historic performances for Saint Michael's College on Friday during the opening day of the two-day Bates College Carnival, the first Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) competition of the season.

Following Friday's action, Saint Michael's finds itself in ninth place among 17 schools with 143 points, one ahead of Harvard University. Alpine events took place at Sunday River, while the Nordic portion of the meet is being contested at Quarry Road Recreation Area. Day two begins on Saturday at 9 a.m.

Grand finished seventh among collegiate competitors during the giant slalom in his college debut, sitting seventh after both of his runs before finishing with a composite time of 2:14.98. His debut was the best by a Purple Knight since three-time NCAA Championship qualifier Fredrik Sandell '15 was sixth in the GS in 2012, also at Bates. Grand's showing was the best by a rookie since Sandell placed second in the GS at the Williams College Carnival that same winter.

Barnes' historic run to the 1.5K classic sprint quarterfinals highlighted the Nordic team's performances on Friday, as she posted the 29th-best time during her initial sprint - 4:24.2 - before ultimately claiming 30th among 104 finishers. With the top 30 moving on to quarterfinal races, Barnes became the first Purple Knight since Daniel Sandberg '09 in 2007 to advance to heats during a sprint event, and she is believed to be the first female in program history to achieve the feat. Sandberg was 28th in the Williams College Carnival classic sprint that year. In the quarterfinals, Barnes was sixth in her six-woman heat, but her final 30th-place overall showing was the best by a Saint Michael's female at any carnival since Chloe Boutelle '15 was 30th in the mass-start 15K classic at the 2012 Middlebury College Carnival.

Grand lifted the Purple and Gold men's Alpine squad to fifth-place points on the opening day, while first-year Torjus Grimsrud (Stabekk, Norway/Donski Alpine) also turned in a strong debut performance, taking 22nd in 2:18.63. Senior Kevin Krone (Copper Mountain, Colo./Summit) was the Purple Knights' third finisher, at 2:20.87 in 35th.

Sophomore Ella Dorval Hall (Newburyport, Mass./Gould Academy) was two spots shy of matching the best finish of her career, placing 24th in the giant slalom while clocking in at 2:24.19 between her two runs. Junior Abigail Hotaling (Fabius, N.Y./Fabius-Pompey) claimed a personal-best finish, with her 38th-place showing coming courtesy of a time of 2:32.62. Senior Mary Joyce (Long Beach, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) was 44th in 2:35.17.

During the remainder of the Nordic 1.5K classic sprint, first-year Amy Duclos (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa) was 65th during her carnival debut with a time of 4:41.5, while senior Elizabeth Cubberley (Acworth, N.H./Fall Mountain Regional) returned from a semester abroad to take 94th in her first competition of the school year. Cubberley crossed the finish line in 5:06.0 to edge out junior Hallie Bergwall (Lebanon, N.H./Lebanon), at 5:07.4, for the Purple Knights' third scoring position.

On the men's side, first-year Liam Schmelzle (Saint Louis Park, Minn./Saint Louis Park) was 71st at 3:54.4, while junior Torin La Liberte (Madison, N.H./Kennett) narrowly trailed at 3:55.6 in 75th place. First-year Aaron Deeter (Truckee, Calif./Tahoe Truckee) rounded out his team's top three at 79th in 3:57.8.