Skiing Closes Out Regular Season, Secures Top-10 Finish at EISA Regionals

Photo by Gil Talbot
Photo by Gil Talbot

NEWRY, Maine—The Harvard ski team capped its regular season in an impressive fashion, claiming a ninth-place team finish at the EISA Regional Championships hosted by Bates this weekend, Feb. 22-23. Accumulating 361 points across two days of competition, the Crimson matched its best program performance at Bates since the 2015 season.

Day 1
Giant Slalom
Nellie Ide opened up the weekend for Harvard on the giant slalom, successfully contesting both runs at Sunday River. The alpine co-captain ski skillfully maneuvered the length course, making nearly a three-second cut off her first run time to earn 18th place off a combined time of 2:42.26.

On the mens' side, Jack Despres was the sole Crimson skier to complete two attempts, finishing with a total time of 2:41.56 to place him 35th overall.

5K/10K Skate
Pacing the pack in the first long-distance event of the weekend, Hannah Hardenbergh made quick work of the 5K course, finishing 11th overall in a time of 14:03.1. Close behind, Nina Armstrong picked up a 13th place finish, crossing the line just one second behind her Crimson counterpart. Tegan Thorley also found success at Black Mountain, placing within the top-30 in the packed field off a 14:32.8 finishing time.

First-year James Kitch placed first amongst Harvard skiers in the 10K, completing two laps of the 5K course in just 25:01.8 to claim 14th place in the event. William Rhatigan also had a successful run on the freestyle course, taking 22nd in a time of 25:33.0.

Day 2
Slalom

Finishing the weekend strong at Sunday River, Ide picked up a dominant 11th place finish in the slalom, contesting both runs with a combined time of 1:56.39. The sophomore made yet another cut off her first run, slicing off nearly four seconds to help secure 30 points for Harvard. Courtney Clark contested both slalom runs as well, maintaining a consistent 1:06 pace across two attempts to place 51st.

The men had an outstanding six skiers complete two slalom, with Despres leading the squad yet again. The first-year claimed 52nd off a total time of 2:04.93 to close out the weekend at Bates.

15K/20K Classic
The women finished the weekend with a strong performance on the Black Mountain 15K course, picking up four top-30 finishes. Senior Armstrong paced the group, closing out her regular season with a 19th place finish. Hardenbergh came next, crossing the finish line at 47:39.0 to place her 22nd overall in the event. Lily Koffman and Thorley rounded out the top-30 finishers for Harvard, with Thorley securing 29th place and Koffman finishing just moments after for 30th.

Kitch paced the men's nordic crew once more, claiming 10th place in the 20K to pick up 31 points towards Harvard's team score. Rhatigan joined Kitch in the top-30, toeing the line at 55:36.4 to take 28th in the event.

Up Next
The Crimson takes a break from the slopes as it prepares for the NCAA Skiing Championships, March 8-9, in Stowe, Vt.

Results
1. Dartmouth – 973.0
2. Vermont – 965.0
3. Middlebury – 758.0
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8. St. Michael's – 383.0
9. Harvard – 361.0
10. St. Lawrence – 349.0
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12. Plymouth State – 206.0
13. Boston College – 133.0
14. Colby Sawyer – 75.0

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