CRAFTSBURY COMMON, Vt. - Junior Torin La Liberte (Madison, N.H./Kennett) and sophomore Emma Barnes (Amherst, Wis./Amherst) both cracked the top 40 during Nordic skiing races on Saturday at Craftsbury Outdoor Center, and Saint Michael's College skiing stands eighth out of 16 schools at the University of Vermont Carnival heading into Sunday's final day. The Purple Knights have 324 points, trailing seventh-place Williams College by 19.
Alpine races were contested last weekend when the UVM Carnival began in Stowe. Both genders will compete in 10K classic races on Sunday, with the women beginning at 11 a.m. and the men going at 1 p.m.
La Liberte finished 31st out of 67 competitors in the 10K freestyle, claiming the final NCAA point in the event. He clocked in at 23:04.8 to record a career-best finish, and the best by a Saint Michael's male Nordic skier since Colin Delaney '13 placed 21st in the 2013 Bates College Carnival 20K freestyle. First-years Aaron Deeter (Truckee, Calif./Tahoe Truckee) and Liam Schmelzle (Saint Louis Park, Minn./Saint Louis Park) also reached personal-best placements, with Schmelzle 41st in 23:42.6 and Deeter taking 47th at 24:14.2 as their team's two other scorers.
Barnes claimed her third top-40 showing of the season, finishing the 5K freestyle in 35th among 70 competitors with a time of 12:50.1. First-year Amy Duclos (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa) notched a career-best 55th-place showing in 13:35.9, and senior Elizabeth Cubberley (Acworth, N.H./Fall Mountain Regional) was 59th at 13:54.1.