Middlebury Carnival/NCAA Regional
10K Classic (M): 10 a.m.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The NCAA East Regional Ski Championship is being hosted by Middlebury College this weekend. Harvard will send alpine skiers to the Middlebury Snow Bowl and cross country skiers to Rikert Nordic Center for competitions beginning on Friday, Feb. 23. This is the final chance for skiers to make their case for NCAA Championship qualification. The East Region sends the top 16 alpine skiers and top 13 nordic skiers per event, per gender to NCAAs.
About Last Time
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.
Previously at Middlebury (Alpine)
Harvard posted 39 points in 2017. Kelly Steeves was the lone member of the Crimson to get two runs in for the giant slalom, taking 33rd (2:12.74) in bib No. 65. The sophomore also led Harvard in the slalom, finishing 30 spots ahead of her No. 65 bib at 1:48.75.
Previously at Middlebury (Nordic)
Nordic skiers combined for 206 points. Rachel Hampton led the women in the 15K freestyle with a 22nd place finish (42:54.3), Hannah Hardenbergh placed 33rd (44:27.5), and Lily Koffman took 44th (46:46.1) to score for the Crimson. Hardenbergh and Hampton paired up for the classic sprint relay, finishing in ninth (24:09.6). Tegan Thorley and Maile Sapp placed 23rd (26:49.0) in the event.
William Rhatigan paced the men's side in the 20K freestyle, placing 31st in 50:09.1. Ian Meyer (40th – 50:57.2) and Devlin Shea (42nd – 51:29.3) also scored for Harvard. Shea and Rhatigan placed ninth (22:03.0) and Connor Green paired with Mackinley FitzPatrick (22:42.1) for 18th in the men's relay.
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U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!
Harvard junior Nina Armstrong earned a spot on the United States team being sent to 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.
For those who qualify, the season will continue at the NCAA Championship from Thursday, March 7 through Sunday, March 10. The University of Colorado is hosting this year's event at Steamboat Springs, Colo.