Jan. 23: The 2009 Carnival season got underway on Friday morning, as the St. Lawrence University men's and women's Nordic ski teams competed in the classic races at the Bates Carnival. Senior captain Ben Knowles posted his best collegiate finish with a fourth place showing in the men's 10K Classic, leading the team to a podium finish on the opening day.
Knowles completed the course at Black Mountain in Rumford, ME in a time of 27:07.4, earning his third career top-10 finish. Joining Knowles in the scoring were juniors Eric Wolcott and Zach Wetherell. Wolcott finished in a time of 27:35.4, landing in a career-best 11th position while Wetherell, who missed all of 2008, came back strong with a 17th place showing (28:05.2).
The trio's team total came to 98.0 points, six ahead of Bates College for third place in the event. Dartmouth College won the men's 10K Classic with a total of 128.0 points, followed by UVM with 104.0.
Sophomore Steven Vargo finished in 28:39.6, good enough for 33rd place out of 96 total competitors. First year students Teo Jackson (30:29.7) and Adam Terko (30:34.0) were also impressive in their first collegiate races, landing in 64th and 65th places, respectively.
Also competing on the men's side on Friday were junior Bryan Pepper (66th, 30:34.9), sophomore Kyle Marvinney (70th, 30:46.1), rookie Ben Ogden (84th, 32:08.0) and sophomore Tyler Hendrickson (93rd, 33:57.0).