HANCOCK, Mass. / WOODFORD, VT. – Harvard junior Hannah Hardenbergh grinded out a 16th place finish in the 5K classic race on opening day of the Williams Carnival and returned to lead the Crimson once more with a 12th place finish in the freestyle race on day two. Harvard's alpine skiers overcame salty course conditions on day one to produce eight qualifiers on the final day of competition. Harvard skiers amassed 273 points across both disciplines for 11th place, improving upon their previous performances at Williams.
Hardenbergh's weekend was her best since the 2017 St. Lawrence Carnival, where the Edwards, Colo., native took 10th in the 5K classic and 12th in the freestyle. At Prospect Mountain this weekend, Hardenberg used 17:52.0 (5K) and 9:48.9 (3.8K) worth of clock to lead the Crimson.
Nina Armstrong, Tegan Thorley, and Charlotte Cole skied as a pack in the classic and freestyle races. Armstrong took 28th in both races, finishing in 18:30.3 (5K) and 10:06.3 (freestyle). Thorley scored third for Harvard in each contest. The sophomore's 29th place finish (18:34.6) in the classic-style race was the second best of her career at that discipline. Thorley concluded the freestyle race in 10:11.7 for 37th. Cole crossed the line right behind Thorley both days, taking 30th (18:34.6) and 38th (10:19.8), respectively.
William Rhatigan and Mackinley FitzPatrick took turns leading the men's nordic contingent. Rhatigan fared better in the 3.8-kilometer freestyle, where the Newton, Mass. native paced the team at 8:45.9 for 36th. Senior Connor Green added points to the Harvard team score at 9:12.1 in 51st, while FitzPatrick was the final scorer in 9:20.3 (54th).
FitzPatrick edged Rhatigan in the 10K classic, where the Minocqua, Wisc. product took 41st in 32:59.4 with his teammate right behind in 42nd at 33:06.1. Junior Jacob Meyerson skied near his career-best and was the third scorer for the Crimson in 53rd (35:02.7).
The alpine team experienced a salt-laced course during the giant slalom and freshly-groomed snow for a lengthy slalom course. Carter Kendig and Pieter Weemaes both qualified for second runs on the men's side. Kendig led the charge over a deteriorating course took take 37th in a combined time of 1:47.16, while Weemaes took 46th in 1:48.1. Kelly Steeves was the only Crimson female to complete two runs. The senior was timed at 1:53.80 for 45th place.
Eight Crimson skiers qualified for second runs in the slalom. Freshman Nellie Ide delivered another top 25 performance, taking 23rd in 2:12.37. Steeves produced more points for the Crimson, taking 49th in 2:25.55. Freshman Allegra Coleman contributed to the team score for the second time in her rookie campaign, placing 50th in 2:29.07.
After narrowly missing the cut in the GS, Dennis Bao, Lars Hornburg, and Robert Dorfman made it through to a second in the slalom. Kendig led the Crimson contingent in 35th with a time of 1:59.90 over two attempts in bib No. 80. Dorman sliced more than four seconds off his first run to score second for Harvard in 47th (bib No. 86) at 2:10.09. Not to be out-done, Hornburg delivered a 5.2-second negative split for 49th (2:13.20). Wearing bib No. 87, Bao took 50th in 2:16.57. Weemaes DNF'd his second attempt.
The Crimson will compete at the Middlebury Carnival next weekend. The event is serving as the NCAA Regional.
1. Dartmouth – 990
2. Vermont – 910
3. Middlebury – 756
10. Bowdoin – 276
11. Harvard – 273
12. Universitee Laval – 199
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