Denver Places Second Through Day One of New Mexico Invitational

Feb. 3, 2018


CRESTED BUTTE, Colo./ Red River, N.M. – The University of Denver ski team raced for second on the first day of the New Mexico Invitational on Saturday with 322 total points. Both the Alpine and Nordic teams also sit at second in their respective standings.

Racing in Crested Butte, Colo. was the Nordic squad who scored 163 points, highlighted by Linn Eriksen who took first in the women’s 21-km with a time of 1:06:51.

For Alpine, Andrea Komsic and Alex Leever took top finishes, leading the way for 159 points. Komsic earned second in the women’s slalom with a time of 1:32.74, while Leever’s 1:34.53 on the men’s side was good enough for third.

Right behind Leever was Nick Santaniello who raced for 1:34.53, taking fourth and 34 points.

Back in Colorado, Eivind Kvaale tied for third in the men’s 21-km freestyle with a time of 1:02:20. For the women, Taeler McCrerey took fourth in a span of 1:08:30.

Rounding out top-10 finishes on the Nordic side was Dag Frode Trolleboe whose 1:02:30 carded him seventh-place.

Skiing into 12th was Lars Hannah, as the Steamboat Springs, Colo. native scored 1:02:57 and earned 20 points.

Finishing the day for the Nordic women’s racers were Aja Starkey and Kristine Karrsrud, taking 16th and 21st respectively. The pair of Pioneers earned marks of 1:17:22 and 1:22:19.

On the men’s side, Borgar Norrud and Simon Zink chalked up times of 1:05:04 and 1:05:26 for 18th and 20th. Lastly, Nick Sweeney clocked a 1:05:58 for 23rd-place.

"It was a beautiful day of racing here in Crested Butte," said Nordic head coach Dave Stewart. "Linn skied away from the field and cruised to a win, Taeler had her best result of the season in 4th and the guys had a solid day with Eivind leading the team in 3rd. More importantly the team is healthy and performing better each weekend as we prepare for the NCAA championship."

Finally, back in New Mexico both Tuva Norbye and Tobias Kogler earned ninth in the slalom. Kogler scored a 1:35:00 and Norbye raced for a time of 1:34.55.

Tanner Farrow skied for 1:35.57 and earned 20 points. The sophomore placed 14th on the day.

Meanwhile, Kristine Aasberg and Amelia Smart completed the day in New Mexico. The duo took 18th and 20th with marks of 1:43.29 and 1:45.98 respectively.

"We performed well today in Red River," said head ski coach Andy LeRoy. "The hill was prepared perfect and the sun could not have been brighter.  Andrea earned another podium and so did Alex.  Our progress towards the championship is right on track and I’m becoming more excited every time I see our team compete."

Both squads will finish up the New Mexico Invite on Sunday.

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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