Four Alpine Skiers in Top 30, Purple Knights 10th After Day 1 at Middlebury Carnival

Four Alpine Skiers in Top 30, Purple Knights 10th After Day 1 at Middlebury Carnival

HANCOCK/RIPTON, Vt. - Four Alpine skiers placed among the top 30 on Friday, as the Saint Michael's College Alpine and Nordic skiing teams stood 10th following the first day of the two-day Middlebury College Carnival. Alpine races are occurring at the Middlebury Snow Bowl, while Nordic events are at Rikert Nordic Center.

TEAM RESULTS

  • Saint Michael's was 10th among 15 institutions with 158 points, within six of ninth-place Saint Lawrence University (164) and 14 away from eighth-place Bates College (172).

ALPINE
TEAM RESULTS

  • The men tied for sixth with 66 points and were one shy of fifth-place Williams College.
  • The Purple Knight women totaled 58 points, taking seventh and falling four short of sixth-place University of Vermont.
  • Between the two teams, Saint Michael's is seventh (124), only one point behind Colby College.

MEN'S LEADERS

  • Senior Guillaume Grand (La Plagne, France/Lycée Général Ferrié), 6th in slalom, 1:39.20 two-run time
    • 40th career top-10 finish
  • First-year Ben Throm (Aspen, Colo./Aspen), 23rd, 1:40.87
    • Wore No. 37 bib
  • First-year Christian Gallagher (Stowe, Vt./Burke Mountain Academy), 43rd, 1:44.40
  • Junior Colby Jordan (Charlotte, Vt./Mount Mansfield Winter Academy), 46th, 1:45.42
  • First-year Austin Lilley (Winhall, Vt./Stratton Mountain School), 50th, 1:45.95

WOMEN'S LEADERS

  • Junior Emilia Laffin (Chamonix, France/Lycée du Mont-Blanc René Dayve), 11th in slalom, 1:46.40 two-run time
    • 0.06 seconds outside top 10
  • Senior Clara Lopez Costa (Barcelona, Spain/Green Mountain Valley School), 28th, 1:49.87
  • First-year Magnolia Neu (Truckee, Calif./North Tahoe), 31st, 1:50.99
    • Wore No. 46 bib
  • Junior Megan Ahearn (Ringwood, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy), 32nd, 1:51.40
    • Wore No. 57 bib
  • Junior Anna Willassen (Jar, Norway/Persbråten VGS), 33rd, 1:51.80

NORDIC
WOMEN'S LEADERS

  • Senior Amy Duclos (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa), 50th in mass-start 10K classic, 36:27.7
    • Season-high finish
  • First-year Rachel Smith (Old Forge, N.Y./Town of Webb), 57th, 40:02.3
  • Senior Ellen Emers (East Hardwick, Vt./Hazen Union), 58th, 41:22.4

MEN'S LEADERS

  • First-year Gaelan Boyle-Wight (Newry, Maine/Telstar Regional), 55th in mass-start 15K classic, 44:31.4
    • Career-high finish
    • First time as team's top finisher
  • Senior Mitch McDonald (Prior Lake, Minn./Prior Lake), 59th, 45:46.1
  • First-year John Cunningham (Springfield, N.H./Kearsarge Regional), 60th, 46:01.6
  • First-year Will Meehan (Concord, Mass./Concord-Carlisle Regional), 67th, 52:33.8

NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S EVENT

  • Saturday at Middlebury Carnival, 9 a.m.