Skiing Earns Top-10 Finish at UVM

Photo Courtesy: Gil Talbot
Photo Courtesy: Gil Talbot

STOWE, Vt.—The Harvard ski team earned a top-10 finish this weekend at the UVM Carnival, posting 362 points to take eighth overall in a field of 16 schools. 

Day 1
Giant Slalom
Alpine captain Nellie Ide showed confidence on Main Street's tricky terrain to open the weekend for Harvard, contesting both runs to record an impressive 16th place finish. Junior Courtney Clark also represented the Crimson through two runs, finishing 49th in the field with a combined time of 2:22.77 (7 pts).

For the men, Jack Despres was the sole Crimson skier to complete both runs, taking a strong 22nd place finish on a total time of 2:08.46 (23 pts) to close out day one of competition.

Women's 5K/Men's 10K Skate
Facing a tough course and windy conditions, Hannah Hardenbergh set the pace for the Harvard nordic skiers, opening competition with a 22nd place finish. Following close behind, Nina Armstrong clocked in seconds after Hardenbergh at 16:05, earning her a 24th place finish in the event. Junior Tegan Thorley and first-year Ursula Volz held steady paces to finish 34th and 40th in the event, respectively. Rounding out the pack, senior Lily Koffman secured a 55th place finish to start her weekend, finishing the course in 17:19.

William Rhatigan led the charge for the men, finishing in 28:47.3 to take a commanding 21st place finish. First-year James Kitch continued building on his successful rookie campaign, taking 28th overall with a time of 29:08.4.

Day 2
Slalom
Setting the tone for the Crimson's second day of competition, first-year Emma Ryan contested both runs on the slalom course, earning a career-best 26th place finish on a combined run time of 2:12.85 (19 pts). Clark capped her weekend on the mountain with a 29th place finish, finishing both runs in a time of 2:14.96. Nellie Ide rounded out the alpine competition for the women, finishing 40th overall.

Completing both runs for Harvard, Carter Kendig and Robert Dorfman closed out the weekend on Main Street with 38th and 46th place finishes, respectively.

15K/20K Classic Mass Start
Despite low temperatures to open Saturday's long-distance event, Hardenbergh overcame unfavorable conditions to lead the Crimson pack with a 33rd place finish, crossing the finish line in 55:10.1 (16 pts). Thorley and Armstrong maintained the momentum for the Crimson, finishing within seconds of each other to take 35th and 36th place, respectively.

Leading the Crimson, Kitch paced the group with a solid 11th place finish in the mass start, completing the course in 1:00:54 (35 pts). Rhatigan toed the line in 1:02:50.3 to take 27th in the event, with Mackinley Fitzpatrick hot on his heels to take 30th overall in 1:03:03.07 (17 pts).

Up Next
The Crimson makes a quick turnaround, contesting the Dartmouth Carnival next weekend, Feb. 8-9. The alpine squad will compete at the Dartmouth Skiway in Lyme, NH while the nordic team will head to Oak Hill in Hanover, NH.

Results
1. Vermont – 934.0
2. Dartmouth – 914.0
3. Middlebury – 740.0
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7. St. Lawrence – 376.0
8. Harvard – 362.0
9. St. Michaels – 322.0
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16. Univ. of Maine – Presque Isle – 4.0

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