STOWE, Vt. – The Harvard ski team completed the 2018 University of Vermont Carnival on Saturday. The Crimson improved upon its point total from last year, scoring 293 points this season and finishing in 11th place. Many Harvard skiers posted career-best finishes in their respective events.
The Giant Slalom
Freezing temperatures and swirling winds created whiteout conditions for skiers at Stowe Mountain Resort. Nellie Ide continued her impressive rookie campaign, turning in a top-15 second run to place 22nd (2:17.16). Carter Kendig took 33rd (2:13.95) on the men's side, his best finish in a UVM giant slalom race. Dillon Smith and Robert Dorman also had career bests, dropping from high-80s bibs to take 35th (2:21.04) and 36th (2:23.00), respectively.
Freestyle Mass Start
Nordic skiers were also met with frigid temperatures at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center. Nina Armstrong led Harvard in the women's 15K. The junior placed 16th (48:34.0) for her best career finish at this discipline. Hannah Hardenbergh scored next for the Crimson, taking 23rd in 50:12.0, overtaking nearly one-quarter of the field after her first split. Charlotte Cole and Lily Koffman tied for 32nd at 51-flat. The duo had never previously cracked the top 40 in the 15K freestyle mass start. Clara Cousins also completed the discipline with better standing than she had previously accomplished, taking 68th (58:21.0).
Connor Green paced the Crimson in the men's 20K. Green moved up from 64 to 40, finishing in 58:09.7 for his second top-40 finish in the event. William Rhatigan placed 51st in 58:54.3 and Jacob Meyerson took 69th in 1:02:50.6 to complete the scoring for Harvard.
Second runs slowed nearly 10 seconds across the field. Ide led the Crimson once again with a 29th place finish (2:00.42), while Kelly Steeves registered an event PR (2:13.05) and took 40th. Pieter Weemaes was the lone Crimson men's skier to contribute to the team score, placing 52nd (2:24.64).
Classic Individual Start
Hardenbergh registered the second top-20 finish of the season – and her career – to lead the Crimson women in the five-kilometer race. The Edwards, Colo., produce took 20th in 15:51.0. Armstrong scored next for Harvard in 26th (16:06.8) and Cole was right behind in 28th (16:11.6). While not scoring, Koffman placed 47th to tie her career-best finish at the discipline. Cousins did the same with her 57th place finish.
The trio of Green, Rhatigan, and Meyerson scored for the Crimson in the men's 10K. Rhatigan led the contingent in 27th place (28:09.4), with Green in 44th (28:52.2) and Meyerson in 47th (29:30.9). Chris O'Brien (51st - 30:09.6) and Haaskon Sigurslid (53rd - 30:34.0) were nearby, but were not tallied in the team score.
Vermont Winter Carnival Team Standings
1. Dartmouth – 969
2. Vermont – 932
3. New Hampshire – 701
10. Bowdoin - 294
11. Harvard – 293
12. Boston College - 136
15. Univ. of Maine-Presque Isle – 87