NEWRY, Maine/RUMFORD, Maine - The Saint Michael's College skiing team stood 10th out of 16 institutions following the first day of the two-day Bates College Carnival on Friday. The competition, which is also the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) Championship and the NCAA East Regional Championship, is having its Alpine races contested at Sunday River, while the Nordic portion of the carnival is at Black Mountain.
The men's Alpine squad posted the sixth-highest point total among 15 schools during the giant slalom thanks in large part to sophomore Fredrik Sandell (Oslo, Norway/Donski Alpine) and first-year Brad Farrell (West Windsor, Vt./Sharon Academy). Farrell finished 12th with a two-run combined time of 2:36.35, moving from 26th following the morning session thanks to the fourth-best second run (1:17.01). Sandell was 13th at 2:36.40, posting the eighth-best second trek down the mountain (1:17.41). Junior Carl-Oscar Bredengen (Oslo, Norway/Donski Alpine) was the third Purple Knight finisher, taking 35th in 2:40.55.
On the women's side, senior Gabbi Hall (San Anselmo, Calif./Forest Charter School) placed 25th in the giant slalom thanks to a time of 2:43.85, which left her just 0.46 seconds outside the top 20. First-year Nicole Cordingley (Litchfield, N.H./Campbell) was 43rd at 2:50.65 after beginning the day 69th, and senior Christina Billotti (Massapequa, N.Y./Green Mountain Valley School) took 44th in 2:51.08.
During the Nordic portion of the meet, senior Colin Delaney (Lake Placid, N.Y./National Sports Academy) had the best showing for the Purple Knight men in the 10K classic, placing 33rd at 29:37.0. First-year Samuel Fogg (Rutland, Vt./Rutland) was the other Saint Michael's finisher.
Sophomore Chloe Boutelle (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) finished the women's 5K classic in 18:12.8, followed by senior Katlyn Keane (Bethel Maine/Telstar Regional) and first-year Elizabeth Cubberley (Acworth, N.H./Fall Mountain Regional).
The Bates Carnival concludes tomorrow, when All-EISA honors are recognized and the final races of the season will help determine qualifiers for the March 6-9 NCAA Championship at Middlebury College.