St. Michael's Carnival
15K Skate (M): 9:30 a.m.
Women Giant Slalom: 10 a.m.
Women Slalom: 10 a.m.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard alpine ski team kicks-off its 2018 campaign with the tail end of the Colby Carnival, while the nordic ski team leads the Crimson into the St. Michael's Carnival this weekend. The alpine team will contest the slalom and giant slalom events at Sugarloaf Mountain in Carrabassett, Maine. The nordic team will compete in long-distance, skate style races and a 3x5K relay at the Sleepy Hollow Ski Center in Huntington, Vt. Both carnivals take place from Saturday, Jan. 20 to Sunday, Jan. 21.
Harvard is in eighth place heading into the final days of competition at the Colby Carnival. The alpine team is sitting on 216 points tallied by the nordic team last weekend. Eight veterans return to the alpine team. Seniors Kelly Steeves and Pieter Weemaes are joined by junior Dennia Bao and sophomores Courtney Clark, Robert Dorfman, Lars Hornburg, Carter Kendig, and Dillong Smith. Newcomers include Allegra Coleman, Sinead Danagher, Charlotte Dyvik Henke and Nellie Ide. Seedings for alpine events were not available at the time of this publication.
In the women's 5K at St. Michael's, Isabel Cole will toe the line in the seventh seed for the Crimson women. Cole will be preceded by Nina Armstrong, Hannah Hardenbergh, Tegan Thorley, Charlotte Cole, Lily Koffman, and Clara Cousins.
Mackinley FitzPatrick will be the sixth seed for the Crimson men in the 10K. The sophomore will be preceded by William Rhatigan, Connor Green, Jacob Meyerson, Christopher O'Brien, and Haakon Sigurslid.
About Last Time
At Colby, Armstrong earned her first top-10 finish in a distance event, placing ninth in the 5K classic in 16:31.5. Hardenbergh was also strong, finishing in 16:43.7 for 16th place. Thorley rounded out the women's scoring in 33rd (17:06.1). Fitzpatrick led the men's team in the 10K classic competition. The sophomore paced the Crimson in 30:34.4 (47th), followed by Rhatigan in 30:50.3 (53rd) and Green in 30:51.5 (54th).
To see the course map for the nordic races, follow this link: Sleepy Hollow
Saturday's nordic races will be contested on a 2.4km loop. Sunday's will be held on a 5km loop.
Previously at Colby Carnival (Alpine)
The Crimson last competed at the Colby Carnival in 2016, taking 10th with 306 points. Harvard was led by a different skier in each alpine event. On the women's side, Kelly Steeves took 27th with a cumulative time of 2:14.57 in the giant slalom, while Kaitlyn Gibson was clocked at 1:46.87 over two runs in the slalom for 38th place. On the men's side, Pieter Weemaes paced the team with a combined time of 2:11.27 (47th) in the giant slalom and Simon Merryweather charged the slalom in a total time of 1:37.65 (36th).
Previously at St. Michael's (Nordic)
Harvard posted 272 points and took 10th place. Akeo Maifeld-Carucci led the Crimson with top-10 finishes in both the 10K freestyle (6th - 26:05.1) and 10K classic (9th – 32:27.8). Rachel Hampton took 13th (18:25.0) in the women's 5K classic event. Hampton and Maifeld-Carucci were bookended by Maile Sapp and Devlin Shea on the 4x3K-freestyle relay that took 13ths in 40:18.2.
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U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!
Harvard junior Nina Armstrong will represent the United States at the Junior World Biathlon Championship for the second consecutive year. The Lake Placid, N.Y., native placed second in both the 7.5-km sprint (28:40.7) and 6-km sprint (24:33) at the U.S. trials in Coleraine, Minn. in December. The event will take place from Feb. 26 through March 4 in Otepaa, Estonia.
Keep the Student in Student-Athlete
Seventeen members of the 2017 program earned U.S. Collegiate Ski Coaches Association (USCSCA) National Collegiate All-Academic Ski Team honors. To be recognized, student-athletes must maintain a cumulative 3.5 gpa and have competed in the NCAA Regional. Rachel Hampton '17 was Harvard's Winter Academic All-Ivy Team representative.
Harvard competes in the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA). Other member schools are Bates College, Boston College, Bowdoin College, Colby College, Colby-Sawyer College, Dartmouth, University of Maine – Presque Isle, Middlebury College, University of New Hampshire, Plymouth State, St. Lawrence, Saint Michael's, University of Vermont, and Williams College.
The Crimson alpine skiers will conclude their portion of the St. Michael's Carnival in Jeffersonville, Vt., next weekend. The nordic team will be off until the UVM Carnival in Stowe, Vt., Feb. 2-3.