MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The Harvard University ski program finished ninth out of 12 programs at the Middlebury Carnival at the Snow Bowl and Rikert Touring Center. The Crimson finished with 410 points. The women's Nordic program had a huge weekend with a fifth place finish in the sprint relay and a sixth place finish in the 10K free technique.
In the relay, freshman Jen Rolfes, sophomore Esther Kennedy, and sophomore Alena Tofte guided the Crimson through the unusual format with each member of the team skiing one kilometer circles before relaying off to a teammate with each member eventually completing three legs.
Tofte also led the women in the free technique event, finishing 15th overall after a 59th place start. Anthony Ryerson led the men in the same event with a solid 27th place finish.
In the downhill events, Catherine Sheils took home 11th place in the slalom, while Caroline McHugh finished in 24th place. Sheils also turned in her career-best finish in the giant slalom, placing 13th overall to keep Harvard skiers atop the leader board in every downhill event this season.
With poor skiing conditions coupled with snow squalls and a decision to lay down salt on the mountain, Kevin McNamara turned in respectable finishes of 27th place in the slalom and 31st in the giant slalom after starting in 63rd and 71st place, respectively, and having to ski through the worst of the conditions.