JEFFERSONVILLE, Vt. - Three Saint Michael's College men's Alpine skiers placed among the top 10 in the slalom on Saturday, while both the men's and women's squads were in the top five for the discipline as the Saint Michael's Carnival came to an end at Smugglers' Notch Resort. Between last weekend's Nordic races and this weekend's Alpine events, Saint Michael's finished seventh among 15 institutions with 434 points, edging out Bates College by 10 while trailing Williams College by 50. The University of Vermont won the carnival with 956 points.
In the Purple Knights' first home carnival since 2015, the men took third among 12 teams on Saturday, totaling 94 points to trail only UVM (113) and Dartmouth College (130). For the entire weekend, the Alpine squad totaled 331 of the College's points, tying the University of New Hampshire for third place in its discipline.
Senior Danny Duffy (Warren, Vt./Green Mountain Valley School) recorded an eighth-place showing in the slalom with a two-run time of 1:40.77 after starting 20th, and still standing 11th following his opening trek. Classmate Mathias Grimsrud (Stabekk, Norway/Donski Alpine) was ninth at 1:40.95, and junior Torjus Grimsrud (Stabekk, Norway/Donski Alpine) placed 10th in 1:41.00 after starting 26th to cap the run of three straight Purple Knight finishers.
Junior Guillaume Grand (La Plagne, France/Lycée Général Ferrié) took 19th in 1:42.70, moving up from 33rd following his first run and trimming 0.40 seconds between treks for the best improvement in the event. Junior Tristan McInnis (Holladay, Utah/Rowland Hall) was 25th at 1:44.47 following a 78th-place start to register the top finish of his career.
Sophomore Emilia Laffin (Chamonix, France/Lycée du Mont-Blanc René Dayve) paced the Purple Knight women by tying for 16th at 1:31.32, and junior Meggane Grand (La Plagne, France/Lycée des métiers Ambroise Croizat) was 18th in 1:31.40. Sophomore Anna Willassen (Jar, Norway/Persbråten VGS) took 25th in 1:33.30, as the women were fifth with 72 points, coming within 12 of third-place University of New Hampshire.
To make up for the slalom race that was not run at the Colby College Carnival last weekend, Alpine skiers will head to Sugarbush Resort in Warren, Vt., tomorrow for a slalom at 9:30 a.m., as competitors will be able to earn points toward the NCAA Championship during an event that will not yield team scores. Both the Saint Michael's Alpine and Nordic teams are back in action next weekend at the UVM Carnival, which kicks off in Stowe on Friday at 9 a.m. at the Stowe Mountain Resort and Trapp Family Lodge.