Jan. 13, 2018
WEST YELLOWSTONE, Mont – The University of Denver ski team sits in third place at the Montana State Invitational after the Classical events on the Nordic side.
The Pioneers scored 64 points from the men who took third, meanwhile the women chalked up 62 points for fifth on the day.
"It was a great day for racing today in West Yellowstone, with temps just below freezing and lots of new snow over the last week,” said head nordic coach Dave Stewart. “These were the first races back at altitude after a week of racing at sea level in Alaska and it’s a transition to a different type of racing with a bit less oxygen on the air.”
DU’s top skier on the day was Dag Frode Trolleboe, who placed second in the 10k with a time of 26:57.2, earning 37 points.
“The season has started great for me and I’m happy to be on the podium today,” said Trolleboe. “It was a tight race towards the end, so I knew the finish was important. I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s race and hopefully fighting for the win.”
Coming in sixth was Eivind Kvaale, who was Denver’s lone other men’s finisher. The Hoydalsmo, Norway native raced for a time of 27:54.6 and scored 27 points.
“For the men, Trolleboe made the adjustment to altitude from Alaska, where he had a win and second place, and was second again here today,” said Stewart. Kvaale has also been very consistent and followed up his podium at US Nationals with a sixth place finish today.”
For the women, Jasmi Joensuu raced for sixth in the 5k. The junior earned a time of 15:48.9 and tallied 27 points.
“Today was a good race, high altitude racing has been really difficult for me the last two years,” said Joensuu. “Today I was able to ski a solid race, not too far away from the top racers. It is great to see that the work is finally paying off.”
Stewart added, “We had some positive results today, particularly from Joensuu in sixth, coming off her pair of second place finishes last week at US Nationals in Alaska. She’s had a very consistent season and has taken a big step forward this year.”
Taeler McCrerey skied for a time of 16:22.8, taking 15th and 19 points. Four spots behind in 18th was Linn Eriksen with a time of 16:40.9.
Lastly, Aja Starkey scored 13 points thanks to a 24th place finish with a time of 17:09.1.
“The strength of the RMISA field is really high right now and it seems like it’s more challenging to get on the podium in an RMISA race than at the US National Championship based on today’s results,” said Stewart. We had a few on the team sit out today’s race after lots of racing in Alaska, so we are looking to build throughout the season.”
The Nordic squad returns to action tomorrow for day two of the MSU Invite.
To view video highlights throughout the RMISA season, check out the conference’s YouTube page that will be updated constantly throughout the season.
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