Women's Cross Country Skiing Bolsters Harvard's Performance at Dartmouth Carnival

Women's Cross Country Skiing Bolsters Harvard's Performance at Dartmouth Carnival

Emily Rogers helped the Harvard 'B' squad to a 17th-place finish at the Dartmouth Carnival.

You may have heard that Cambridge received a little snow last weekend… While campus was digging out from snowstorm Nemo, we were racing cross-country at Craftsbury (moved from Hanover for lack of snow, ironically) and alpine at the Dartmouth Skiway – until the weather forced Dartmouth to postpone the slalom.  Read on for highlights…

Nordic Race Report – 5/10k CL and 3x5k SK Relay

Junior Chris Stock and freshman Emily Hannah led the team in Friday's classic race and the Crimson A teams placed 11th and 12th in Saturday's skate relay.

Beginning on Friday morning, Harvard campus was hit by winter superstorm Nemo which dumped nearly three feet of snow in parts of the Boston area. The Nordic team was safely in Vermont before the storm hit, but Nemo still bestowed enough snow up north to make driving to the race venue the first challenge of the day. Thankfully, both vans stayed on the road and made it to Craftsbury Outdoor Center in plenty of time for Friday's classic races. The tracks were set shortly before the races because of the falling snow and while most tracks stayed intact, the short steep sections were about staying quick and light on one's feet.  The women's 5k classic race was first and Emily Hannah lead the team to finish 31st in her first EISA classic race.  Freshman Annie Harvieux (46) and junior Jen Rolfes (49) finished close together to score in second and third for the Crimson. Chris delivered a great effort to finish in 14th place and sophomore Akeo Maifeld-Carucci (23rd) finished thirty seconds behind. Captain Tony Ryerson (33rd) completed the men's scoring for the day. Freshman Soren Anderson (48th) had his best race so far, moving up 16 places from his previous weekend's finish in the 10km classic.

By Saturday morning, the snow had stopped falling in Vermont – though not yet in Boston! All of the new snow made for slow, deep powder on much of the course for the 3x5k skate relay. While each team was allowed two berths in the relay race, the Harvard men fielded only one three-person team, with Tony scrambling for the team in the mass start. Tony led the race early before slipping back on the second half of the course. He tagged off to Chris, who skied a solid race and passed on to Soren, who anchored the team to an 11th place finish.

The women's A team was led off by Jen. She tagged off to Annie, who held our position until she could tag off to Emily H.  Emily pulled in several teams over the next 5km and brought us into a 12th place finish.  Sophomore Emily Rogers delivered a great performance leading off the women's B team (17th) and handing off to freshman Hanna Barnes. Due to illness among our starters, assistant coach Maddy Wendt filled in and raced the B team's unofficial final leg.

Following the races, spirited romantic performances abounded as Carni Crushes were given and received. Massachusetts re-opened the roads on Saturday afternoon and we made it home to more than 2 feet of snow on campus.

One of the best things about being able to get home on Saturday was that on Sunday we volunteered as course marshals and helped run games and the info desk for the New England Bill Koch Festival. The festival is a major ski event for over 500 children (up to age 13) that was held this year at our home course, Weston Ski Track. It was fantastic to see so many young kids from all over the region and New York having a fun day of skiing!

Next week the Nordic squad will travel to Middlebury, Vermont for a 5/10k classic and 15/20k skate.

Alpine Race Report – Dartmouth Skiway GS

Alpine took to the Skiway for our portion of the annual Dartmouth Carnival this past weekend.  Snowy weather and high winds dominated the weekend and ultimately resulted in the cancellation of the slalom race on Saturday.  We were able to just sneak in the GS race on Friday though, before Nemo found the race hill and dumped a whole bunch of snow and wind on our best-laid plans…

In Friday's GS race, Rebecca Nadler lead the team in 6th place despite a few sizeable mistakes in the second run. Catherine Sheils chipped in some valuable team points in 39th place. Liz Strong and Samantha Udolf just barely missed the cut for the second run. The men's race saw hardly any movement in the finish order relative to the start list, as everyone was charging hard on a race hill that is relatively easy compared to the majority of hills that we race on. This makes for some pretty tough going in terms of moving up the necessary 30 spots or so for our skiers to qualify for a second run, despite all of our men being within a fraction of a tick of making the cut.

We will be racing at the Middlebury Snowbowl this Friday/Saturday for the Middlebury Carnival, and then back at the Skiway on Sunday to make up the SL race that was cancelled.