Nordic Skiing Leads the Charge at St. Lawrence Carnival

Photo courtesy: Gil Talbot
Photo courtesy: Gil Talbot

LAKE PLACID, N.Y.—The Harvard ski team opened its 2019 season at the St. Lawrence Carnival this weekend, Jan. 11-13, in Lake Placid, N.Y. Out of a field of 17 schools, Harvard raced to a 10th place finish, earning 328 points over three days of competition on Whiteface Mountain and Mt. Van Hoevenberg.

Day 1
Giant Slalom
Leading the charge for the women's alpine squad, sophomore Nellie Ide secured a 31st place finish in a field of 50 skiers to open up the weekend for the Crimson. The Minneapolis, Minn. native raced to a 2:28.18 finish to bring in 16 points for Harvard in the Giant Slalom. On the men's side, Carter Kendig was the sole Crimson men's skier to contest both races, earning an impressive 21st place finish in the 50-skier lineup with a time of 2:14.93 (20pts). Kendig's strong performance at St. Lawrence marks his best career finish in the event.

Day 2
Slalom
First-year Emma Ryan closed out her first collegiate carnival with a solid finish in the slalom, earning 32nd out of 50 skiers with a total time of 1:46.71 to bring in 14 points for the Crimson. Following close behind, Ide capped her weekend on Whiteface with a combined slalom time of 1:49.18, placing her 38th and earning 10 points towards Harvard's team score. 

5K/10K Freestyle
Hannah Hardenbergh kicked off her senior season with a dominant performance in the women's 5K freestyle, finishing eighth overall with a time of 16:15.3 (31 pts). Her top-10 finish marks a career-best for Hardenbergh at the St. Lawrence Carnival, besting her previous 10th place performance in the 2015-16 season. Captain Nina Armstrong had a formidable showing in the freestyle event, placing 28th in a field of 95 competitors with a time of 16:57.7 (22 pts).

Junior William Rhatigan paced the men's squad on Saturday, earning a career-best 25th place in the event (29:06.3, 22 pts). Following close behind, first-year Everett Sapp clocked in with a time of 29:26.3 in his first collegiate race, earning him 32nd place (18 pts). 

Day 3
Men's and Women's 10K Classic
First-year James Kitch opened his collegiate career with a notable performance in the 10K classic, finishing 18th of 102 (30:14.3, 27 pts). Fellow first-years Liam McInroy and Sapp also had convincing finishes in the event, capping their weekend in 31st (31:03.0) and 38th place (31:21.4), respectively. On the women's side, junior Tegan Thorley raced to a 25th place standing to cap her weekend, finishing at 36:44.5 in the long-distance event. Armstrong and Hardenberg battled it out in their final event of the weekend, crossing the finish line within seconds of each other in 33rd (37:38.5) and 34th (37:43.4) place, respectively.

Results
1. Vermont - 895.0
2. Dartmouth - 865.0
3. Middlebury - 771.0
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10. Harvard - 328.0
11. Bowdoin - 290.0
12. Laval - 216.0
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17. Univ. of Maine – Presque Isle - 3.0

For team results, click here
For individual results, click here

What's Next
The Crimson ski team returns to the mountain this weekend, competing at the UNH Carnival, Jan. 18-19. The alpine ski team is set to the compete on Canon Mountain while the nordic skiers will take on Jackson XC.