Feb. 10, 2018
MINTURN/LOVELAND, Colo. – The University of Denver ski team performed well on Saturday, as Alpine scored 169 points and Nordic chalked up 165. The Pioneers move to third in the Denver Invitational with 436.5 points.
Alpine finishes the invite in fourth-place, while Nordic currently sits in second with the men’s 10k and women’s 5k classical set for tomorrow.
Currently in first is rival Colorado with 477 points, while Montana State places second with 441.5.
The day was highlighted by Tobias Kogler who carded first in the slalom with a completed run of 1:27.04. DU also scored multiple second-place finishers, including Alex Leever in the slalom (1:27.48), Tuva Norbye in the women’s slalom (1:28.71), and finally Taeler McCrerey in the women’s 5-km freestyle with a time of 19:16.8.
“It's always a pleasure to host our races here with Ski and Snowboard Club Vail,” said Nordic coach Dave Stewart. “They host world-class races here at Maloit Park. It's awesome to have so many parents, friends and ski team alumni supporting the team at these races.”
“Today we raced in my favorite conditions; wet and snowy,” said McCrerey. “My skating is getting strong and I hope the team continues to improve for a strong finish to the season!”
Eivind Kvaale and Dag Frode Trolleboe skied for fourth and fifth in the men’s 10-km freestyle, as the pair scored 33:28.3 and 33:40.5 respectively. On the women’s side, Jasmi Joensuu skied for fifth in a time of 19:39.3.
“I’m happy with my performance today,” said Kvaale. “It was a tough and difficult race in demanding conditions. I tried to keep a consistent pace, and I was able to move up through the field in the end. All in all, a good day.”
Finishing four spots behind Joensuu was Linn Eriksen in ninth. The Oslo, Norway native raced for a completed run of 19:56.4.
“The ladies had another strong day with the best women's team score, highlighted by Taeler in second for her best result this year, Jasmi with her best RMISA distance race this year in fifth and Linn with a top-10 in ninth,” added Stewart. “Our women have been stronger each weekend this year, so are on a good trend line.”
Aja Starkey took 14th with a time of 20:40.7, scoring 19 points. For the men, Borgar Norrud and Simon Zink finished in similar spots in 15th and 17th respectively. The two-some added 17 and 16 points to DU’s final score.
“Eivind and Daggi kept their string of top results going in fourth and fifth and Borgar and Simon had some of their strongest freestyle results in 15th and 17th,” said Stewart.
Rounding out the Nordic skiers was Kristine Karrsrud, who placed 21st, completing the course in 21:30.4.
Back in Loveland, Amelia Smart scored fifth in the slalom with a time of 1:29.19, the freshman added 29 points.
“Our alpine team skied great today,” said head coach Andy LeRoy. “We showed up with intensity and performed with confidence. It was great to see Tuva back on a podium and freshman Tobias earned his first college victory. Alex added another podium and seems to get faster with every turn he makes, this was a fun way to finish out our invite.”
On the men’s side, Steamboat Springs, Colo. native Jett Seymour tied for sixth, the third-highest finish of all men’s Alpine skiers. The freshman finished the slalom in 1:28.23.
In 14th was Tanner Farrow, as the Hailey, Idaho native skied for a time of 1:29.10.
Finishing the day for Denver with a completed time of 1:52.46 was Nick Santaniello who ended the slalom in 35th-place.
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