Jan. 14, 2018
BOZEMAN, Mont – The University of Denver ski team wrapped up the final day of the Montana State Invite on Sunday. Through both alpine and nordic events, DU scored a third place finish with 561 points.
Rival Colorado took first with 658 points, while Utah carded second with 581.5 points.
The Crimson and Gold took second in both 10k Freestyle events, chalking up 71 points from the men and 70 points from the women.
Denver earned back-to-back finishes in second and third place on the men’s side. Dag Frode Trolleboe, placed second with a time of 23:43.3 for 37 points. One spot behind was Eivind Kvaale for 34 points, clocking-in at 23:47.4.
“We saw a positive trend from the team today, with everyone placing higher than yesterday and also with everyone in the top 10,” said coach Dave Stewart. “Both Trolleboe and Kvaale were pushing hard for the win, skiing at the front of the lead group and in the sprint finish at the end. Trolleboe couldn’t quite get past Utah’s Bergstrom in the final 100 meters, and Kvaale was just behind in third.”
“As we predicted, it was a big group of skiers with two kilometers left,” said Trolleboe. “Eivind and I were able to put ourselves in a good position before the final sprint and fight for the win. I’m happy with another second place and being close to take the win.”
“I am very happy with today’s result,” added Kvaale. “Being able to get on the podium with such a big pack together only a few kilometers before the finish was great. My shape is good, and I can’t wait for the upcoming races.”
Meanwhile, the women recorded back-to-back-to-back skiers in seventh, eighth and ninth. Taking seventh was Linn Eriksen who tallied 25 points with a run of 28:04.7.
“It was good day today, said Eriksen. “It was fun to be back racing and happy to be heading in the right direction after a period of sickness. We had a good team effort as well.”
Right behind Eriksen came Taeler McCrerey, for 23 points with a time of 28:07.3. In ninth was Aja Starkey who skied for a time of 28:10.3. The senior scored 22 points.
“Today was a solid race for me after recovering from illness,” said McCrerey. It was very fun to race with my teammates and we look forward to more strong performances this season!’
“The ladies all skied a smart race, working together on the second lap to move up through the field and take a big move up the results list over yesterday,” said Stewart. “More than anything, I’m pleased to see the team racing with the technique they have been working on during training and progressing through the season.”
Stewart added, “the shorter 10km mass start was a fun format, with more intense racing from start to finish, so I hope we can schedule more of these in the future. Montana State and WYSEF hosted very high quality races this weekend with perfect conditions.”
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