Skiing Concludes Season at Middlebury, Armstrong Qualifies for NCAA Championship

Skiing Concludes Season at Middlebury, Armstrong Qualifies for NCAA Championship

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The Harvard ski team concluded its season at the Middlebury Carnival this weekend, tallying 241 points for 11th place. Junior Nina Armstrong will compete at the 2018 NCAA Championship next weekend after accumulating 92 qualifier points this season. 

Day One
The Crimson posted 35 points in the giant slalom. Freshman Nellie Ide and senior Kelly Steeves led the women, while sophomore Robert Dorfman was the lone scorer for the men. Ide paced the group, completing two runs in 1:57.26 for 37th place. Steeves produced her fastest giant slalom time at a Middlebury Carnival (1:59.76) and took 45th. Dorfman place 58th with a combined time of 2:19.83. Freshman Allegra Colman, sophomore Carter Kendig, and senior Lars Hornburg qualified for second runs, but did not start them.

Harvard earned 104 points in the nordic classic races. Entering the weekend, Hannah Hardenbergh needed a pair of top-10 finishes to advance to NCAAs. The junior led the Crimson in a time of 14:42.9, finishing in 15th in the 5K. Sophomore Tegan Thorley scored second for the women (15:12.9) in 29th, with Armstrong close by (15:15.9) in 31st. Senior Charlotte Cole completed the course in 15:33.1 (41st) in her final collegiate 5K.

Sophomore William Rhatigan led the Crimson in the 10k classic race, finishing in 34th at 26:03.4. Senior Connor Green was the second scorer for Harvard. The Pittsford, N.Y., native delivered his personal best time (27:38.4) and placing (47th) in the 10K classic. Second-year Mackinley FitzPatrick added points with a 52nd place finish in 27:42.3, with freshman Christopher O'Brien (27:47.4) and senior Haakon Sigurslid (28:49.7) immediately behind in 53rd and 54th, respectively. Sigurslid set a course PR in his final 10K classic race at Middlebury. 

Day Two
The nordic contingents earned 81 points on the final day. Rhatigan led the men in the second outing, this time in the 20K freestyle mass start. Rhatigan placed 36th in 50:49.4, while FitzPatrick took 52nd in 57:18.8 and Green right behind in 53rd at 57:53.2.

Hardenbergh also led the women for a final time this season. The Edwards, Colo. native paced the Crimson in 43:19.4 for 28th, with Armstrong (43:37.6) and Thorley (44:25.4) nearby fro 31st and 35th, respectively. Cole crossed the line in 45:06.6 (40th), a carnival and event PR for the senior.

Harvard alpine skiers qualified seven and scored 13 points. Steeves led the group on her final day, placing 50th after two runs in 1:51.90. Ide also scored for the women in 2:05.69. Senior Pieter Weemaes led the men in his last collegiate competition, dropping 34 places from his bib number to finish 47th in 1:43.58. Classmate Dennis Bao also left it all on the slope, earning his first career two-run day at Middlebury and scoring for Harvard in 54th (1:53.79). Dorfman added the final points for the Crimson in 56th (1:58.64), edging Hornberg in 57th (2:02.21). Kendig was Harvard's final qualifier, ending the carnival in 58th (2:05.12). 

Team Scores
1. Dartmouth – 979
2. Vermont – 841
3. Middlebury – 816

10. Bowdoin – 304
11. Harvard – 241
12. Plymouth State – 170

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