Pictured: Christopher Stock led the Crimson with a fourth place finish in the men's classic sprint event on the first day of the UNH Carnival (Rebecca Nadler).
Jackson, N.H. – In its 2012 Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association season debut, Harvard finished comfortably in seventh place our of 13 competing schools, carried by solid efforts in both Nordic and Alpine events.
EISA racing moves to Stowe, Vt. on Friday (Feb. 3) for the UVM Carnival.
On Friday, the Alpine events were cancelled due to unfavorable conditions but the Nordic teams carried the day.
With rain turning into sleet and then snow, the women's classic sprint event started with a prologue in which every skier traverses the 1.2 km course one time with the 36 fastest advancing. Chris Stock advanced for the men while Alena Tofte and Esther Kennedy qualified as well for the women.
In the quarterfinal round for the women, Tofte was caught in a tangle of racers and went down but still managed a16th place finish overall. Kennedy avoided the tangle and used a frantic sprint in the last 250 meters to pass two challengers and advance to the semifinals by placing second in her quarterfinal race. In all, she recorded her best collegiate race with a 12th place finish.
Stock led the way with a special effort, advancing all the way to the "A" Final, the top race. Leading coming out of the woods, Stock didn't quite have enough as he was edged out over the final 200 meters, eventually finishing in fourth place.
On Saturday, freshman Akeo Maifeld-Carcucci led the Nordic men in the 20K freestyle with a 42nd place finish after a mass start which saw numerous skiers held up in the pack.
In the women's 15K mass start, Tofte proved her staying power with an 11th place finish – just three seconds out of 10th.
The first slalom event didn't go the way Harvard's men would have liked as no racers scored points on the tricky Bear Peak course.
Catherine Sheils turned in two consistent runs, finishing in 16th position after a 9th place qualifying circuit. Rebecca Nadler stood in 21st place and Caroline McHuge was 41st after qualifying 62nd.
University of Vermont - 1021
Dartmouth College - 873
University of New Hampshire - 710
Middlebury College - 639
Williams College - 604
Colby College - 516
Bates College - 435
St. Lawrence University - 396
Harvard University - 316
St. Michael's College - 226
Bowdoin College - 158
Plymouth State University - 98
Boston College - 74
University of Maine - Presque Isle - 66
Colby-Sawyer College - 60