SKI TEAMS WRAP UP COMPETITION IN MONTANA, PLACE THIRD
Denver Places Second in Second Straight Meet in 2017
Jan. 15, 2017
and BIG SKY, Mont. – After four days of competition, the University of Denver ski teams wrapped up at the Montana State Invitational, placing second overall with 603 total team points in a photo-finish ending.
The Pioneers edged out Utah with 603 team points, while Utah had 602.5 points. Colorado came in first with 670 total points.
The Women’s 15k Classic and the Men’s 20k Classic were held Sunday to wrap up events at Big Sky Resort.
“Montana State hosted some awesome races here at Bohart Ranch this weekend - outstanding snow conditions, course preparation and incredible volunteers as always. We always enjoy racing here and this year was no different,” said head coach Dave Stewart.
For the men, Moritz Madlener came in with a time of 1:00:57.8, placing second overall. Lars Hannah and Dag Frode Trolleboe both had solid performances for the Crimson and Gold, with Hannah coming in sixth with a time of 1:02:38.5 and Trolleboe placed ninth at 1:03:10.3.
“The guys continued their string of powerful team performances today. Moritz, just back from being sick for a week after two podiums at US Nationals, pushed the pace early and wound up second for his third consecutive podium. This guy has been on the podium in most of his collegiate races over the past four years and this type of consistency is rare in our sport. Lars has clearly taken his skiing to the next level this year and looks comfortable skiing in the lead pack. His sixth today to follow up his third yesterday made him the third-highest point scorer from the MSU Invite. Daggi also showed consistency with another solid top-10 result today and his form is moving in the right direction.”
Madlener on his finish today, “I am pleased with today's result. Petter Reistad was strong and deserves the win; it takes guts to break away as early as he did. I am happy I was able to stay in the chasing group and eventually shake off the other guys,” said Madlener.
For the women, Taeler McCrerey showcased another strong performance, coming in fourth with a time of 00:53:30.9.
“I started the morning with low energy and feeling tired but a completely different feeling after 7k had me charging to catch the lead pack,” said McCrerey. “Super excited to have finished the first five races on a high note!”
Jasmi Joensuu rounded out the top 10, placing 10th on the day with a time of 00:55:43.5.
“Taeler led the women again today in fourth for one of her best RMISA performances, which was even more impressive considering this was her fifth race in nine days. It's time for her to shift her focus toward the Junior Junior Championships coming up in two weeks. Jasmi has also taken a step forward from last year and has been performing particularly well at altitude, which is huge for us,” continued Stewart.
“Overall, this is a challenging period of the season with travel back from the holidays, the start of the quarter, long road trips and a busy race schedule across two states. We have a few athletes dealing with lingering colds or on their way back to 100% health after being sick, so we will take advantage of some time in Denver to rest and begin the next training period as we look to progress through the season,” finished Stewart.
Also taking place today were the RMISA Qualifiers, hosted by the University of Utah.
Andrea Komsic had another great day on the slopes for DU, coming in at first overall with a time of 2:02.80. Monica Huebner also continued her strong start, placing third with a time of 2:02.99.
In the Men’s Slalom race, Sebastian Brigovic came in at sixth for the Pioneers with a time of 1:49.82. Nick Santaniello skied in at 1:49.98, placing seventh on the day and rounding out the top 10 for the Pioneers was Tanner Farrow placing ninth at 1:50.41.
Denver will resume action on Jan. 25 when they head to competition at the Alaska Anchorage Invitational.
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