Jan. 18, 2018
WEST YELLOWSTONE, Mont. – The University of Denver’s nordic ski team wrapped up the first day of competition at the Utah Invitational on Thursday. Despite carding third in the men’s 10k classical and fourth in the women’s 5k, the Pioneers remain in first place.
Colorado took first as a team in both events on the day, earning 197 points.
The Crimson and Gold scored 83 points from the men and 64 points from the women.
Racing for first place on the day was Dag Frode Trolleboe, who chalked up for 40 points with a run of 26:11.9.
“After three consecutive second places behind Bergstroem, I was eager to strike back today,” said Trolleboe. “The coaches talked about the importance of the double pole sections, so I pushed that hard and it turned out to be smart. It was a great race and I hope to keep up the good skiing into the second half of the season.”
“Trolleboe’s winning margin of 33 seconds today was one of the largest in any western NCAA race in my 12 years at Denver, so he just killed it from start to finish out there today,” said nordic coach Dave Stewart. “He has trained well over the past four years and is having the results this season that show this. I think it’s also worth noting that this guy finished his undergraduate degree in just three years and is now completing his masters in finance.”
Four spots behind in fifth was Eivind Kvaale for 29 points. The sophomore skied for a time of 27:01.8.
Scoring 14 points while taking 19th was Nick Sweeney, who completed his time in 28:10.7, just seconds ahead of Montana State’s Karsten Hokanson.
Posting a time of 28:51.2 was Borgar Norrud, who placed 24th. The freshman tallied 12 points for DU.
Also scoring 12 points was Evan Barbier and Simon Zink. Barbier came in 27th place with a run of 29:23.4, while Zink took 29th with a completed time of 29:41.3.
On the women’s side, Linn Eriksen was the top placer, taking eighth. The Oslo, Norway skied for a time of 15:50.2 and earned 25 points.
“I am happy about my performance today,” said Eriksen. “Good to get in some races and I hope to continue the positive trend.”
Meanwhile, Jasmi Joensuu, Kristine Karrsrud, Aja Starkey and Taeler McCrerey all came in 13, 14, 15 and 16 respectively. Joensuu scored 20 points with a run of 16:01.9, while everyone added 19 points.
“Eriksen had another solid finish in eighth with the rest of the ladies just outside the top ten in a very tight race,” said Stewart.
To view video highlights throughout the RMISA season, check out the conference’s YouTube page that will be updated constantly throughout the season.
Don’t forget to register for Denver’s annual Ski with the Team Day at Winter Park on January 27. Participants are encouraged to ride the Ski Train to the slopes, where they can then choose to snowshoe, snowcat or ski. The train ride, activity of choice, and food are all included in the $275 fee.
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