Women's Nordic Skiing 10K Freestyle Leads Harvard at Dartmouth Carnival

Women's Nordic Skiing 10K Freestyle Leads Harvard at Dartmouth Carnival

HANOVER, N.H. – Led by the women's fifth place performance in the 10-km freestyle mass start, the Harvard ski team took 11th (253 pts.) at the Dartmouth Carnival over the weekend. Juniors Nina Armstrong (13th) and Hannah Hardenbergh (21st) along with senior Charlotte Cole (33rd) racked up 64 points for the Crimson in the race.

The women's cross country unit also had a strong outing in the 5-km classic race. Hardenbergh paced the Crimson with a 16th place finish (38:13.50), with Armstrong (33rd – 39:15.10) and Cole (37th – 39:34.00) also scoring. Harvard picked up 56 points and tied for eighth.

The men's group had a tougher time in Hanover. William Rhatigan led the crossers in both the 10-km classic and freestyle events. The sophomore toed the line in 32:17.20 for 26th on day one, then returned to take 29th in 27:36.9 in the freestyle the next day. Freshman Christopher O'Brien (34:59.50) and junior Jacob Meyerson (35:09.4) also scored for Harvard in the classic event. Senior Connor Green (29:19.0) and sophomore Mackinley FitzPatrick (29:21.3) contributed to the team tally in the freestyle.

Nearly a foot of powder fell on the mountain at Dartmouth Skiway in the days preceding the giant slalom. Four Crimson skiers managed to make the cut in a field with many U.S. Ski Team amateurs. Carter Kendig led the men's side in 2:07.10, taking 39th for his fifth consecutive top-40 outing dating back to last season. Pieter Weemaes used a negative split to record his best performance at a Darmouth Carnival and second best overall of his career. Wearing bib No. 80, the Los Gatos, Calif., native placed 42nd in 2:07.62. Freshman Nellie Ide's 2:12.25 put her in 28th place – the highest placing for Harvard in the event. Junior Kelly Steeves had solid runs and finished in 44th (2:16.59).

In the same stacked field for the slalom, Ide and Weemaes once again made the cut. Ide cracked the top 30 for the fourth straight time, finishing in 25th (1:53.73). Weemaes survived the first run in which places 30 through 60 were separated by 1.1 second. The senior completed the course in 1:51.24 for 44th place, while donning bib No. 81.

Harvard will resume competition at the Williams Carnival on Friday, Feb. 16. 

Team Scores
1. Dartmouth – 1019
2. Vermont – 920
3. Middlebury – 699

10. Bowdoin – 280
11. Harvard – 253
12. Carleton – 166

T-16. Maine-Presque Isle/Colby-Sawyer – 48

To view the entire team standings, please click here.