HANCOCK, Vt. – Sophomore James Kitch tallied the best finish of his career on day two of the Middlebury Carnival/ EISA Regional Championships, placing second in the men's 15k classic race. Over the course of the weekend, Kitch brought in a total of 78 points for the team, while also recording his third and fourth top-10 finishes of the season. Senior Carter Kendig also notched a career-best finish, placing eighth in the giant slalom. Kendig collected 38 points for his team in the event and was only two seconds behind the first-place finisher. The Harvard ski team placed ninth overall, bringing in a total of 370 points.
Peculiar weather prior to day one of the carnival brought extra moisture into the surface, but fresh snow fall late Friday night into the start of Saturday's first race helped groom the course into a firm surface. On the women's side, Vermont native Tegan Thorley placed 20th out of over 60 competitors in the women's 5k freestyle, marking the best individual finish of her career. Thorley brought in 23 points for the Crimson, while first-year Annabel Hagen and sophomore Ursula Volz finished 34th (Hagen) and 44th (Volz) for a combined 25 points.
For the men, Kitch led the nordic racers once again bringing in 31 points and landing a 10th place finish in the men's 5k freestyle. William Rhatigan wasn't far behind, placing 19th and collecting 23 points, while sophomore Liam McInroy crossed the line in 30th with 18 points. On day one of the EISA Regionals, the Nordic squad tallied 120 points.
In the alpine contests, the Crimson competed in the slalom races. The morning started off with fresh powder on the course, with seven inches of snow falling the night before. As the day progressed, the winds settled down and the sun came out for the perfect skiing weather. Kendig was the only representative for the Crimson men, finishing 43rd through the two runs. Kendig brought in six points for the squad. First-year Sydney Mason qualified for the second run for the firsttime in her career, leading the Harvard women with a huge 22nd place finish. Mason brought in 20 points for the team, followed by sophomore Emma Ryan placing 32nd out of over 50 skiers.
Day two of the carnival was again led by Thorley in the women's nordic races, crossing the finish line in 37th in the women's 15k. Hagen followed behind in 43rd and Lily Brunelle in 45th. For the men, both McInroy and Everett Sapp finished top-25 behind Kitch, crossing the finish line in 19th (McInroy) and 24th (Sapp). The men finished in fourth as a team in the 15k classic, and helped bring the total nordic points to 126 on the day.
Contesting in the giant slalom, Jack Despres would be the only other representative aside from Kendig, placing 40th and grabbing ten points. For the women, Nellie Ide came back strong and placed 31st with 16 points, after not finishing the first run in the slalom races. Ryan finished right behind Ide in 34th, while Mason placed 46th.
- Kendig had the best finish of his career, placing eighth in the giant slalom, recording 38 points.
- Thorley notched a 20th place finish in the women's 5k freestyle, marking the best individual finish of her career.
- Kitch led the team with a second-place finish in the men's 15k classic and a tenth-place finish in the men's freestyle, collecting 78 points.
- Mason qualified for run two for the first time in her career, finishing 22nd in the slalom races and bringing in 20 points.
The Crimson will head to Bozeman, Mont. to compete at the NCAA Skiing Championships, March 11-14.