HUNTINGTON, Vt./CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine - Saint Michael's College Nordic skiing senior Emma Barnes (Amherst, Wis./Amherst) placed 32nd in the 5K classic race as the Saint Michael's Carnival kicked off on Saturday at Sleepy Hollow Inn, Ski and Bike Center. The Purple Knights are amid hosting their second carnival in four years, and stand 11th in the 12-school field with 54 points after day one.
The first Alpine events of the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) season were postponed a day at the Colby College Carnival on Sugarloaf Mountain. Instead of being run today, the giant slalom races will be slated for tomorrow, with the slalom events potentially being made up at a later date during the season.
The Nordic skiing women scored 36 points during the 5K classic race to take 11th but narrowly trailed ninth-place Saint Lawrence University (43) and 10th-place Bates College (39). Barnes took 32nd place in 14:35.37, earning her fifth career top-35 showing, with each of the first four occurring during her sophomore campaign, and garnering a pair of NCAA Championship points. First-year Ale Legate (Anchorage, Alaska/West Anchorage) was 51st in 15:05.24, and sophomore Aimee Sala (Carrabassett Valley, Maine/Kents Hill School) placed 77th at 15:56.86.
Sophomore Mitch McDonald (Prior Lake, Minn./Prior Lake) paced the Saint Michael's men during the 10K classic race in 85th place at 28:45.79, while classmate Kevin Jeter (Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie) was 90th with a time of 30:03.18. First-year Alex Warner (East Montpelier, Vt./U-32) held down the Purple Knights' third scoring spot, clocking in at 31:00.72 to take 94th.
Alpine events begin tomorrow at the Colby Carnival at 9 a.m., while Nordic races kick off at the Saint Michael's Carnival at 9:30 a.m.