CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine - The Saint Michael's College men's Alpine skiing team scored fifth-place points on Friday at Sugarloaf Mountain, helping the skiing squads stand seventh among 13 schools following day one of the three-day Colby College Carnival. First-year Guillaume Grand (La Plagne, France/Lycée Général Ferrié) had the school's top finish of the day by placing fourth in the giant slalom.
The Purple Knights currently have 111 points to trail Saint Lawrence University for sixth place overall by 11, with men's Alpine notching 85 of those to come within 13 points of Dartmouth College and Middlebury College, both of which tied for third. The Nordic squads begin competition on Saturday, with the carnival resuming at 9 a.m.
Grand notched his third top-seven finish in as many starts as a collegian, clocking in at 2:02.47 between a pair of runs down the mountain. His second-run performance of 1:00.36 was good for second among all competitors, and just 0.12 seconds shy of the leader, as he moved from sixth into fourth on the strength of that time.
First-year Danny Duffy (Warren, Vt./Green Mountain Valley School) took a career-best 18th at 2:04.21, while senior Kevin Krone's (Copper Mountain, Colo./Summit) 22nd-place performance was good for the top GS showing of his career. He finished in 2:05.77, while senior Brad Farrell (West Windsor, Vt./Sharon Academy) also cracked the top 30, taking 28th with a time of 2:06.60.
Sophomore Ella Dorval Hall (Newburyport, Mass./Gould Academy) broke into the top 30 for the second straight weekend of GS competition, taking 29th in 2:15.50. She shaved 3.14 seconds off of her opening-run time, claiming the fourth-best such improvement in the race. Senior Nicole Cordingley (Litchfield, N.H./Campbell) was 43rd at 2:21.34, and classmate Mary Joyce (Long Beach, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) rounded out her team's scorers in 46th at 2:22.36.