|Women's Cross Country & Nordic Skiing|
Dorcas DenHartog Wonsavage, a member of the Class of 1987, graduated from Middlebury as the most decorated Nordic skier and cross-country runner in the College’s history. Though she had skied competitively for just one season before arriving at Middlebury and had never run cross-country before, Wonsavage immediately made her mark at the intercollegiate level. She earned All-American honors during her debut cross-country season and concluded the 1983 campaign with a 14th-place finish at the NCAA Championships. That winter, on the Nordic circuit, she placed 21st at the NCAA Championships and won gold at the 1984 Junior Olympics.
As a sophomore, Wonsavage topped her first-year achievements, capturing fourth place at the 1984 NCAA cross-country championships, while finishing as the top U.S. skier at the 1985 World Junior Championships.
As a junior, Wonsavage earned rare acclaim, becoming one of only a handful of Middlebury student-athletes to achieve All-American honors in the same year in two sports. That year she became the first Middlebury cross-country runner to win a national championship, claiming the individual title with a time of 18:05, outpacing her nearest competitor, defending champion Julia Kirtland of Macalaster College, by 36 seconds. That winter, Wonsavage continued to exceed her earlier Nordic efforts, again earning All-American status, this time with a personal-best fourth-place finish at the 1986 NCAA Championships, while helping the Middlebury women’s team to a second-place team finish.
As a senior Wonsavage captured her third consecutive NESCAC cross-country title and was named a co-winner of Middlebury’s Hazeltine-Klevenow Cup, awarded to “the person or persons who have best combined ability in athletics and excellence in scholarship during four years at the college.”
Following her graduation from Middlebury, Wonsavage became a staple of the U.S. Olympic Nordic team, competing in the 1988, 1992, and 1994 Olympics, pacing the team with the highest individual American finish and an eighth-place finish in the 4x5-kilometer relay in 1988.