HANCOCK, Vt.—The Harvard ski team posted its best finish of the season at the Middlebury Carnival this weekend, coming in seventh in a field of 15 schools. This marks the team's best result at Middlebury since the 1974 season, when the team also finished seventh overall.
Sophomore Nellie Ide started off the weekend strong on the slopes, recording a season-best tenth place finish in the slalom with a combined time of 1:46.34. First-year Emma Ryan finished just outside of the top-30, finishing both runs in a time of 1:52.16 for 35th place.
Jack Despres was the sole Crimson men's skier to contest both attempts in the slalom, posting a time of 1:45.91 to take 52nd.
Senior Nina Armstrong paced the Crimson in the opening event at Middlebury, picking up a 14th place finish with a time of 31:34.9. Tegan Thorley secured an impressive top-30 finish, completing two laps on the 5K course in a time of 32:16.2 to take 26th place overall.
On the men's side, first-year James Kitch claimed his best finish so far in his rookie campaign, clocking in at 39:51.2 for fifth place overall in a highly competitive field. Fellow first-year Everett Sapp took the second-best finish for the Crimson nordic squad, finishing 22nd in a time of 41:12.7.
Ide and Ryan closed out their weekend at the Middlebury Snow Bowl with solid finishes in the giant slalom. Ide contested both runs with times of 1:07.93 and 1:09.86 to put her in 25th place to cap the weekend. Ryan also had successful runs on the GS course, ending with a combined time of 2:21.74 across both attempts.
Hannah Hardenbergh closed out the weekend with an impressive 10th place finish in the women's 5K freestyle, toeing the line at 13:51.3 to bring in 26 points for the Crimson. Thorley and Armstrong finished a second apart on the short course, posting 22nd and 23rd place finishes, respectively. Captain Lily Koffman secured Harvard's fourth top-30 finish in the 5K race, recording a time of 14:23.9 for 29th overall.
Junior William Rhatigan showed his proficiency on the freestyle course, registering a 21st place finish with a time of 23:40.3 for 21 points towards the Crimson's total score. Kitch and Sapp had strong showings in the event, finishing 35th and 41st, respectively.
1. Middlebury – 915.0
2. Dartmouth – 908.0
3. Vermont – 875.0
6. New Hampshire – 459.0
7. Harvard – 380.0
8. Bates – 356.0
15. Colby Sawyer – 79.0
Harvard travels to Bates College for the EISA Regionals next weekend, Feb. 22-23.