First-Years Find Success at UNH Carnival

Photo credit: Cameron Ciccone
Photo credit: Cameron Ciccone

JACKSON, N.H.—After a snowy weekend in New Hampshire, the Harvard men's and women's ski teams took 10th in a field of 15 teams at the UNH Carnival, besting its previous 11th place finish at the carnival during the 2015-16 season. The Crimson finished with an overall score of 385, just 15 points behind ninth place St. Michael's College.

Day 1
Giant Slalom
Leading the alpine squad, sophomore Nellie Ide cruised to an impressive 16th place finish to open up the weekend on Baron's Run. Despite difficult conditions, the Minneapolis, Minn.-native clocked in at an overall time of 2:18.07 to pick up 25 points towards the Crimson's score. Not far behind, first-year Emma Ryan contested both runs to pick up 14 points on a 2:24.46 combined time, taking 30th in her first event of the weekend.

For the men, first-year Jack Despres was one of two Harvard skiers to contest both runs on the giant slalom course, taking 21st overall with a time of 2:13.04 (23 pts) across both attempts. Chasing down Despres' time, junior Carter Kendig clocked in just miliseconds behind his Crimson counterpart, earning 25th in the event with a combined run time of 2:13.34 (19 pts).

15K/20K Mass Start
Facing a hilly course layout and unrelenting snowfall, senior Hannah Hardenbergh endured the elements to place 17th in the women's 15K mass start event, crossing the finish line with a time of 49:03.0 (27 pts). Keeping a steady pace, first-year Ursula Volz finished just minutes behind Hardenbergh, clocking in at 50:52.0 to earn 18 points towards Harvard's overall score.

First-year James Kitch continued his already successful rookie campaign with a top-10 finish in the men's 20K mass start, pacing the team with a time of 55:24.7 (33 pts) to earn 9th place. Fellow first-year Liam McInroy was the second Crimson skier to cross the finish line in the event, taking 29th place overall (19 pts). Following close behind, William Rhatigan finished 31st for the Crimson, toeing the line at 57:39.7 to bring in 18 points.

Day 2
Slalom
Capping off the alpine slate, Ide was one of two women's skiers to contest both slalom runs, posting times of 59.89 and 1:00.96 to ultimately take 30th in the event (18 pts).  Joining Ide on the mountain, Courtney Clark was the second Crimson women's skier to complete both of her Day 2 runs, finishing with a combined time of 2:09.76 for 51st place (7 pts). 

On the men's side, Carter Kendig was the sole Crimson skier to contest both runs on Saturday, finishing 42nd overall to pick up 10 points for Harvard.

Freestyle Sprint
Hardenbergh closed out her run at UNH leading the pack once more for Harvard, finishing 13th overall in the women's freestyle sprint (30 pts). Placing 27th and 35th respectively, Nina Armstrong and Volz combined for 39 points towards the Crimson's overall team score.

Rounding out the weekend for the Crimson ski squad, first-year Everett Sapp raced to a top-20 finish in the men's freestyle sprint in a time of 18 seconds (26 pts), narrowly beating out fellow Crimson skier Kitch for 18th place in the event. Kitch, crossing the finish line seconds after Sapp, ultimately finished 20th in the sprint (24 pts). Mackinley Fitzpatrick rounded out scoring for the Crimson with his 32nd place performance, picking up 17 points in his second race of the weekend.

Results
1. Dartmouth – 986.0
2. Vermont – 849.0
3. Middlebury – 738.0
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10. Harvard – 385.0
11. Bowdoin – 274.0
12. Plymouth State – 172.0
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15. Univ. of Maine – Presque Isle – 14.0

For complete team and individual results, click here.

Up Next
After a brief break from competition, the Crimson travels to Stowe, VT to contest the UVM Carnival, Feb. 1-2.