With our third weekend of racing now in the books, we’re halfway through the regular season. Harvard Skiing headed back to Vermont this weekend for the St. Michael’s Carnival at Sleepy Hollow and Smuggler’s Notch, where the Crimson finished 10th as a team and we saw several personal-best performances from individual skiers. Nordic captain Akeo Maifeld-Carucci led the team with a ninth-place finish in the 10 k classic and freshman Kelly Steeves had her best race of the year with a 20th in the women’s Giant Slalom.
The nordic squad raced in Huntington, Vermont, for two days of classic racing at Sleepy Hollow. The course there is an old-school unhomologated 5 k loop, an unusual characteristic for college races these days. Akeo led the way for the Crimson once again with a solid ninth place in the individual start 10 k classic, consistent with his classic results all season and only eight seconds from the top five. Freshman Connor Green was our second scorer in 42nd and sophomore Ian Meyer made a marked improvement over his classic race last weekend to take 47th.
In the women’s 5 k classic, Rachel Hampton continued her strong sophomore campaign with a 13th place, just 10 seconds out of 10th. In her best race of the season thus far, Maile Sapp finished 32nd as our second woman. Five seconds behind her, junior Hanna Barnes also had a personal-best day in 34th.
On the second day of racing the EISA competed in an exciting 4 x 3k mixed relay, in which each school fielded three teams of two men and two women. There was more movement in this relay format than in a men’s- or women’s-only event, which kept things interesting throughout the race. Maile, Akeo, Rachel and sophomore Devlin Shea fought hard and finished 13th to lead the Crimson. Rachel in particular skied a great split, moving past four teams on the third leg to move us into 11th. Junior Annie Harvieux, Connor, Hanna and Ian also raced well in 19th, and Hanna skied an incredible third leg with the 11th-fastest women’s split of the entire day.
The alpine squad headed to Smuggler’s Notch this weekend. Much like Sleep Hollow, the mountain is an old-school New England race hill that twists and turns and has some real serious pitch to it. It rewards good technical, tactical, aggressive skiing, and will send you for a ride if you aren’t on top of your game!
Friday was a very snowy, windy day that proved a challenge, with conditions varying from very soft in places to glare ice in others. The inconsistent conditions proved challenging for everyone, but freshmen Kelly Steeves was again the model of consistency, finishing the day in 20th place. Senior captain Simon Merryweather made a big move up in the first run, just missing the second run qualification by one spot.
Saturday’s slalom race was marked by single-digit temperatures and plenty of frostbite to go around for everyone. The team had one of its best days, showing some remarkable consistency and fight in the most challenging conditions we’ve seen all season. Simon made a huge move up from a start spot of 75 to finish 28th on the day, Dan Rittenhouse moved from a start of 87 to finish in 34th, and James Stevenson moving from a start of 79 to finish in 35th. The men’s team really were outstanding under very difficult conditions!
Kelly led the women in the slalom, starting 61st but finishing 28th, with captain Samantha Udolf punching into 31st place from a start spot of 75. Look for the team to try to capitalize on its recent success at the upcoming Dartmouth Carnival this weekend!