University of Vermont Carnival
10th, 272 pts. (2017)
Giant Slalom (W, M): 9 a.m.
15K Skate Mass (W): 10 a.m.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the first time this season, the Harvard ski team will compete at the same competition on the same weekend when it travels to the University of Vermont Carnival. The alpine team will begin its portion of the event with the giant slalom on Friday, Feb. 2 at 9.m. at Stowe Mountain Resort. The nordic team will start with the women's 15K skate-style race at 10 a.m. the same day at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center.
Senior Kelly Steeves, sophomore Carter Kendig, and freshman Nellie Ide have earned second runs in alpine events at both carnivals this season. The women's nordic team is led by a group of four, including junior Nina Armstrong, senior Charlotte Cole, third-year Hannah Hardenbergh, and sophomore Tegan Thorley. Sophomores William Rhatigan and Mackinley FitzPatrick continue to be the one-two punch for the men's nordic unit.
About Last Time
The nordic team was off last weekend to allow for the alpine team to catch up in its scheduling. Freshman Nellie Ide led the Crimson for the second consecutive weekend, scoring in both the giant slalom and slalom races. Ide's second run in the slalom was the ninth fastest of the round and helped the rookie to a 16th place finish. Senior Kelly Steeves and Ide completed two runs in the giant slalom. Ide managed a combined time of 1:57.26 for 37th place, while Steeves took 47th in 1:59.76. Carter Kendig was the lone Crimson male to get two runs in. His combined time of 1:52.70 placed him at 40th, well above his initial seeding.
The alpine unit also sent skiers to Green Mountain Valley to make up for the extreme weather at Sugarloaf two weeks ago. Six skiers overcame icy conditions on the Inverness Trail to finish in the top 40. Junior Dennis Bao delivered a career-best 33rd place, just ahead of Kendig and Pieter Weemaes. Ide took 26th on the women's side, followed by Steeves and freshman Allegra Coleman.
The alpine teams will race down Spruce Peak, which has an elevation of 3,390 ft. To check on the latest course conditions, follow this link: Stowe Mountain Resort
The Nordic teams will compete on the North Course of Craftsbury Outdoor Center. The five-kilometer trail begins and ends at its highest point (363m). Athletes will see downhill action for about 1,000 meters prior to reaching the lowest point (307m) near the halfway marker, where the maximum climb of 36 meters is then initiated.
Previously at Vermont (Alpine)
Harvard posted 53 points. Kelly Steeves paced the group in both alpine events. The junior finished in 28th (2:13.61) in the slalom and 34th (2:24.36) in the giant slalom. Pieter Weemaes led the men's side with a 45th-place finish (2:19.68) in the slalom.
Previously at Vermont (Nordic)
The Crimson scored 194 points. Rachael Hampton took 10th in the 10K classic event (35:12.2). Ian Meyer led the men in both events, finishing 27th (31:52.2) in the classic and 29th (3:32.27) in the freestyle. Devlin Shea placed 37th (3:22.58) in the men's freestyle-sprint race. The Crimson women finished in a tight pack: Tegan Thorley took 32nd (4:04.57), Rachel Hampton finished 34th (4:04.84), and Nina Armstrong placed 36th (4:05.23).
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U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!
Harvard junior Nina Armstrong will represent the United States at the Junior World Biathlon Championship for the second consecutive year. The Lake Placid, N.Y., native placed second in both the 7.5-km sprint (28:40.7) and 6-km sprint (24:33) at the U.S. trials in Coleraine, Minn. in December. The event will take place from Feb. 26 through March 4 in Otepaa, Estonia.
Keep the Student in Student-Athlete
Seventeen members of the 2017 program earned U.S. Collegiate Ski Coaches Association (USCSCA) National Collegiate All-Academic Ski Team honors. To be recognized, student-athletes must maintain a cumulative 3.5 gpa and have competed in the NCAA Regional. Rachel Hampton '17 was Harvard's Winter Academic All-Ivy Team representative.
Harvard competes in the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA). Other member schools are Bates College, Boston College, Bowdoin College, Colby College, Colby-Sawyer College, Dartmouth, University of Maine – Presque Isle, Middlebury College, University of New Hampshire, Plymouth State, St. Lawrence, Saint Michael's, University of Vermont, and Williams College.
The Dartmouth Carnival awaits the Harvard ski team on Friday, Feb. 9 and Saturday, Feb. 10.