Nordic Skiing Leads Harvard to Seventh-Place Finish at Middlebury

Photo courtesy: Gil Talbot
Photo courtesy: Gil Talbot

HANCOCK, Vt.—The Harvard ski team posted its best finish of the season at the Middlebury Carnival this weekend, coming in seventh in a field of 15 schools. This marks the team's best result at Middlebury since the 1974 season, when the team also finished seventh overall.

Day 1
Slalom
Sophomore Nellie Ide started off the weekend strong on the slopes, recording a season-best tenth place finish in the slalom with a combined time of 1:46.34. First-year Emma Ryan finished just outside of the top-30, finishing both runs in a time of 1:52.16 for 35th place.

Jack Despres was the sole Crimson men's skier to contest both attempts in the slalom, posting a time of 1:45.91 to take 52nd.

10K/15K Classic
Senior Nina Armstrong paced the Crimson in the opening event at Middlebury, picking up a 14th place finish with a time of 31:34.9. Tegan Thorley secured an impressive top-30 finish, completing two laps on the 5K course in a time of 32:16.2 to take 26th place overall.

On the men's side, first-year James Kitch claimed his best finish so far in his rookie campaign, clocking in at 39:51.2 for fifth place overall in a highly competitive field. Fellow first-year Everett Sapp took the second-best finish for the Crimson nordic squad, finishing 22nd in a time of 41:12.7.

Day 2
Giant Slalom
Ide and Ryan closed out their weekend at the Middlebury Snow Bowl with solid finishes in the giant slalom. Ide contested both runs with times of 1:07.93 and 1:09.86 to put her in 25th place to cap the weekend. Ryan also had successful runs on the GS course, ending with a combined time of 2:21.74 across both attempts.

5K/10K Freestyle
Hannah Hardenbergh closed out the weekend with an impressive 10th place finish in the women's 5K freestyle, toeing the line at 13:51.3 to bring in 26 points for the Crimson. Thorley and Armstrong finished a second apart on the short course, posting 22nd and 23rd place finishes, respectively. Captain Lily Koffman secured Harvard's fourth top-30 finish in the 5K race, recording a time of 14:23.9 for 29th overall.

Junior William Rhatigan showed his proficiency on the freestyle course, registering a 21st place finish with a time of 23:40.3 for 21 points towards the Crimson's total score. Kitch and Sapp had strong showings in the event, finishing 35th and 41st, respectively.

Results
1. Middlebury – 915.0
2. Dartmouth – 908.0
3. Vermont – 875.0
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6. New Hampshire – 459.0
7. Harvard – 380.0
8. Bates – 356.0
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15. Colby Sawyer – 79.0

Up Next
Harvard travels to Bates College for the EISA Regionals next weekend, Feb. 22-23.