STOWE, Vt.- For the second weekend in a row, junior Nellie Ide paced the alpine squad with a 14th place finish in the women's slalom, competing against nearly 50 athletes. The team finished in the middle of the pack in ninth place out of 15 teams, bringing in 353 points.
Friday's giant slalom brought a high of 37 degrees and little wind, giving the team its first day of competition in above-freezing weather. Ide finished 32nd on the day (2:26.4) followed by sophomore Emma Ryan coming in at 37th (2:27.7). Ryan's placement marks her second-best placement in the giant slalom. Senior Courtney Clark also had her second-best giant slalom finish, registering eight points for her team with a 46th place finish. Sophomore Jack Despres led the men's slalom with a 34th place finish (2:19.6) against nearly 45 competitors, tallying 13 points.
With rugged course conditions on the second day of the UVM Carnival, Despres shined in the challenge leading the Crimson with a 25th place finish in the men's slalom (1:59.0), facing nearly 40 other athletes. Despres brought in 17 points for the team with his finish. First-year Liam McNamara had a great first run placing 34th, but was unable to compete in run two on the day with injuries keeping him out. Senior Carter Kendig fought until the end working his way to a 32nd place finish, good enough for 11 points.
On the nordic side of competition, Harvard's top three performances in the men's sprint were all personal bests; sophomore James Kitch recorded his best finish in the men's sprint crossing the finish line in sixth place (3:29.92), facing over 80 participants. Kitch brought in 37 points for the team, while sophomore Everett Sapp gathered 29 points with his 12th place finish (3:32.30). Sapp's performance in the event marks his best individual performance of his career in any event. Senior Mackinley FitzPatrick also recorded his best individual performance in any event, after being awarded 24th place (3:35.54). First-years led the women's sprint for the Crimson, led Lily Brunelle placing 20th (4:11.37) out of nearly 80 opponents (4:11.37), followed by Annabel Hagen in 32nd. Senior Clara Cousins would be the third scorer for Harvard, placing 44th and recording 13 points. The nordic sprint races brought in more than 40 percent of the team's overall points.
Sophomore Ursula Volz placed 45th (15:49.1) in the women's freestyle 5k facing 90 competitors, while Brunelle, Hagen and senior Tegan Thorley followed closely behind placing 49th (16:04.2), 50th (16:04.5) and 51st (16:08.9). Senior William Rhatigan placed 12th in the men's freestyle 10k (17:49.7) bringing in 28 points, a personal best in his individual races. Kitch would finish 25th (28:25.8) and FitzPatrick 32nd (28:33.2) to bring in a total of 62 points for the team.
A full list of results can be found here.
The squad will travel to Sugarloaf Mtn., Maine for the Colby Carnival Jan. 31- Feb. 1.