5K Classic (W): 10 a.m.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard ski team competes in its final carnival before the NCAA Regional Championship. The Williams Carnival will host alpine events at Jiminy Peak (giant slalom) and Berkshire East Mountain Resort (slalom), while nordic races will be contested at the Prospect Mountain Nordic Center.
About Last Time
The group scored 253 points to finish 11th at the Dartmouth Carnival. The women's nordic trio of Hannah Hardenbergh, Nina Armstrong, and Charlotte Cole accounted for 120 of those points. The alpine unit saw four scorers in the giant slalom: Pieter Weemaes, Carter Kendig, Kelly Steeves, and Nellie Ide. Additionally, Ide and Weemaes also scored in the slalom.
Alpine teams will compete at two different venues. The giant slalom will run the Whirlaway Trail, immediately below the Hendrick's Summit Lodge. The slalom will run Competition Hill at Berkshire East Mountain Resort. For the latest trail conditions, please visit JiminyPeak.com or BerkshireEast.com.
Nordic racers will compete at the Prospect Mountain Nordic Center. The 5K course has a starting elevation just above 660 meters. The route features four climbs and seven decents. The longest climb (600m) begins at the 2K marker, while the steepest climb (50m) spans from the 3.6-km to 4K markers.
The sprint course begins and end at an elevation of approximately 655 meters. The maximum climb is 25 meters and occurs roughly 300 and 800 meters into the 1.32-km course.
Previously at Williams (Alpine)
Harvard posted 41 points in 2016. Kelly Steeves was the lone member of the Crimson to get two runs in for the giant slalom, taking 27th (1:40.76). The sophomore also led Harvard in the slalom, finishing well ahead of her No. 61 bib in 27th (2:09.19). Kaitlyn Gibson added points for the Crimson in slalom, accumulating 2:17.70 worth of clock for 47th place.
Previously at Williams (Nordic)
Both genders competed in a 10K freestyle mass start and 5K classic. Rachel Hampton turned in a pair of top-20 finishes, placing 15th in the five-km skate and 19th in the freestyle. Devlin Shea led the men in both races, finishing in 39th (10K) and 37th (5K).
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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 Middlebury Carnival will serve as NCAA Regionals. Qualifiers will compete from Friday, Feb. 23 through Saturday, Feb. 24.