Saint Michael's Alpine skiing pair cracks top 25 at Colby, Nordic begins season

Saint Michael's Alpine skiing pair cracks top 25 at Colby, Nordic begins season

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine/WATERVILLE, Maine - The Saint Michael's College Alpine and Nordic skiing teams stand a combined 14th among 16 institutions after the opening day of Friday's Colby College Carnival, with the competition set to conclude tomorrow. The Alpine races were held at Sugarloaf Mountain, while Quarry Road Recreation Area was the site of the first Nordic events on the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) circuit this winter. With 77 points, the Purple Knights trail 13th-place Boston College by nine.

Sophomore Nicole Cordingley (Litchfield, N.H./Campbell) took 18th in the giant slalom, with a two-run combined time of 2:26.61, and classmate Willow Smith (Bradford, Vt./Oxbow) placed 32nd, as each posted a career-high placement for the second straight week. Smith clocked in at 2:38.45, improving her position 11 spots between the day's first and second treks down the hill. Three other Purple Knights qualified for a second run but did not finish.

During the men's giant slalom, sophomore Brad Farrell (West Windsor, Vt./Sharon Academy) captured 24th in 2:16.99, improving 10 spots following his first run of the day. Classmate Cam Furrer (Wolcott, Vt./Mount Mansfield Winter Academy) was a career-best 34th at 2:22.19, while senior Carl-Oscar Bredengen (Oslo, Norway/Donski Alpine) was 36th in 2:23.02 during his season debut, moving up 12 positions after his initial run.

Five first-years were among the seven men's Nordic 10K classic finishers for Saint Michael's, with Torin La Liberte (Madison, N.H./Kennett) taking 78th in 39:16.8 to pace the squad and classmate Cody Putnam (Alburgh, Vt./BFA-Saint Albans) in 84th. Sophomore Samuel Fogg (Rutland, Vt./Rutland) nabbed 86th as the first of five straight Purple Knights to cross in succession, followed by first-year Ryan Boquist (Meredith, N.H./Inter-Lakes), junior Sam Hammond (Oakdale, Minn./North), and first-years Cody Boissoneault (Saint Albans, Vt./BFA-Saint Albans) and Trevor Owens (Westford, Mass./Westford Academy).

Junior Chloe Boutelle (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) topped the seven Purple Knight women in the Nordic 5K classic, taking 84th in 21:46.6, while senior Silke Hynes (Burlington, Ontario/Milton District) was one spot back. First-year Julia Snyder (Fairfax, Vt./BFA-Fairfax) claimed 88th place as the first of five Saint Michael's underclassmen to cross the finish line, with classmate Catie Corrigan (Canajoharie, N.Y./Canajoharie Central School) and sophomore Elizabeth Cubberley (Acworth, N.H./Fall Mountain Regional) just behind in 89th and 90th, respectively.