Skiing Returns to Maine for Colby Carnival

Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot

Steeves boasted the top places for the alpine team opening weekend (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard nordic and alpine skiing teams will return to Maine this weekend for the Colby Carnival Jan. 22-24. Alpine races will take place at Sugarloaf Mountain Friday and Saturday and nordic events will be held at Quarry Road Recreation Area Saturday through Sunday.

Fans can follow the action through the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association website here.

Last Time Out
The Crimson opened the season at the Bates Carnival, finishing in 10th place amongst the 17-team field.

Rachel Hampton earned the best place for Harvard over the weekend, finishing 15th overall in the 1.5K for the second-straight year at the Bates Carnival.

Colby Comeback
The nordic team had three individuals post top-10 finishes as Harvard finished third overall the last time it competed at Colby Carnival in 2014. Akeo Maifeld-Carucci '15 led the way by finishing fifth overall in the 20K and earned a sixth-place finish in the 10K. The alpine team endured difficult snow conditions as only two members of the Crimson were able to finish each day.

Harvard's most recent first-place finish came at the Colby Carnival in 1958. The Crimson's lone other top finish overall came in 1940 at the Williams Carnival.

The Pine Tree State
Harvard will compete in the state of Maine for two-consecutive weekends for the first time in program history. Harvard has not competed in Maine multiple times in a season since the 1966-67 season.

Harvard has posted back-to-back seasons of finishing in the top-10 in each carnival, marking the first time since 2011-12 the Crimson accomplished the feat.

Steeves Strong
Kelly Steeves posted an impressive freshman campaign a season ago, earning the top finish for Harvard in each carnival, competing in both the women's slalom and giant slalom. Steeves is on track to repeat the feat, as she led the way for the alpine women in both the giant slalom and slalom at the Bates Carnival.

Opening Statement
Hannah Barnes, Samantha Udolf, and Haakon Sigurslid all notched career-best finishes last weekend. Barnes and Sigurslid made their marks in the 15K, finishing 19th and 28th, while Udolf placed 44th in the giant slalom.

Senior Laden
The Crimson boast nine seniors on the roster this season, marking the highest total of seniors in program history.

Aye, Aye Captain
Seniors Soren Anderson and Annie Harvieux will serve as captains for the nordic team this season, while Simon Merryweather and Kaitlyn Gibson will lead the alpine squad. Merryweather is Harvard's first three-time captain since Peter Turnbull Gage '01.

A Season Ago
Hampton and Akeo Maifeld-Carucci '15 of the nordic team represented Harvard at the NCAA Championships, held in Lake Placid, New York.

Hampton, making her NCAA debut, finished No. 36 overall in the 5K freestyle (16:01.1) on day one and closed out competition with a No. 31 overall finish (52.47.3) in the 15K class MS.

Maifeld-Carucci '15, competing in the NCAA Championships for the second-straight year, earned a No. 25 finish in the 10K freestyle (27:10.8) and closed out his career finishing at the No. 31 spot in the 20K Classic MS (59:53.7).

Paul J. Finnegan Family Head Coaches for Harvard Skiing
Chris City enters his eighth season as the program's Paul J. Finnegan Family Head Coach for Harvard Skiing (Nordic). The 2014-15 season saw two members of the nordic squad qualify for the NCAA Champions in Rachel Hampton and Akeo Maifeld-Carucci '15. Maifeld-Carucci posted a dominant season, placing in the top-10 in six races.

Timothy Mitchell enters his 10th year as the Paul J. Finnegan Family Head Coach for Harvard Skiing (Alpine). The 2014-15 season saw three members of the Crimson earn top-30 finishes on the year. Mitchell is the longest tenured skiing coach in Harvard skiing's 76-year history and played a key role in producing Harvard's first NCAA skiing champion in Rebecca Nadler '14, who took home the title in 2012 as a sophomore in Bozeman, Montana.

Up Next
Harvard will have a weekend off from competition before the UVM Carnival Feb. 5-6. Alpine races will take place at Trapp Family Lodge and nordic races will occur at Stowe Mountain.

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