St. Lawrence University sophomore Nordic skier Will Frielinghaus picked up his career-best finish on Friday in the men's 10k Classic at the 2013 Middlebury Carnival at the Rikert Touring Center. The Queensbury, NY native's first collegiate top-20 helped the Saints men's team to seventh place in the carnival standings.
Frielinghaus, whose previous career-best finish was 26th earlier this season at Colby, raced the 10k Classic in 27:36.5 on Friday, good for 19th position overall. His 26 points were combined with the efforts of Austin Meng and Phillip Marshall, who rounded out the Saints scoring with 56.0 points. Meng was 26th overall while Marshall was 43rd.
St. Lawrence was also represented in the men's event by rookies Kyle Curry (47th), Matt Dier (54th) and Evan Martell (58th).
On the women's side, senior Kelsey Nichols paced the Scarlet and Brown in the 5k Classic with a time of 17:32.8. The Pownal, ME native earned 18.0 points for her finish, while first-year students Sienna Searles (34th) and Cassidy Cichowicz (42nd) capped the team's scoring in ninth place overall.
First-year Melanie Swick, sophomore Kate Mulcahy and rookie Erin Perryman also raced for the Saints, finishing in 55th, 56th and 57th, respectively.
Sam Tarling of Dartmouth College led his team to victory with an individual win in the men's classic race. Middlebury's Annie Pokorny claimed the women's crown, but the UVM Catamounts earned the team title.
The St. Lawrence Nordic teams will compete again tomorrow, Saturday, February 16 in the 15k and 20k Freestyle races.