TROLLEBOE FINISHES SECOND ON THE DAY AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Denver Sits at Second After Two Days of Competition
March 9, 2017
JACKSON, N.H. - Dag Frode Trolleboe was the star of the show Thursday for the University of Denver ski team, placing second in the Classic event at the 64th annual NCAA Championships in New Hampshire.
Denver now has 265.0 total team points over the first two days of competition. Today's results added 132.0 points to the score put up by the Alpine team Wednesday.
DU sits in second behind the University of Utah which has 301.5 total team points in this young competition.
Trolleboe earned a time of 25:59.9, coming in just behind Utah's Martin Bergstroem who placed first on the day.
Moritz Madlener finished in the top five of competition, earning a fifth place finish in the Classic, skiing in with a time of 26:36.7.
The third men's Nordic Pioneer to compete, Lars Hannah, also had a very strong showing for the Crimson and Gold, rounding out the top 10 at 10th on the day with a time of 27:10.8.
With their performances, all three men earned All-American honors; Trolleboe and Madlener earned first-team honors while Hannah was second-team.
"We had a wild weather day here and the crew here from UNH and Jackson XC hosted a fair and high quality race", said head coach Dave Stewart. "Yesterday it was raining and snowing before freezing overnight, then alternated between snow squall and sun during the races today. Course preparation was not easy and they did a great job."
Added Stewart, "Obviously the highlight of the day was the men's strong team performance. Placing three skiers in the top-10 is what we look for as a team, but this was no surprise when we look at how the guys have skied all year.
"Daggi continued his form from earlier in the year and was charging from start to finish, fighting for the win all the way, claiming second for one of his best races this season. Moritz was not far back in fifth, an important result for the team, but he usually needs to be at sea level to reach his top form. Lars skied a smart race, with two even laps that allowed him to steadily move up through the field on the second lap and squeak into the top-10."
The women competed in the 5K Classic race today, with Linn Eriksen putting up the best performance of the day for the women, placing 13th with a time of 16:07.6.
Nordskar came in at 19th with a time of 16:20.1.
"I was very pleased with how all our women skied today. They stayed calm and relaxed through the challenging conditions and performed well," said Stewart. "All of our women started toward the first half of the field and it looked like the conditions improved significantly for the later starters, so we were skiing through some new, slower snow. It's unfortunate for us today, but that's part of ski racing. It's an outdoor sport and conditions change. Congrats to race winners Petra Hyncicova from CU and Martin Bergstroem from Utah!"
Races resume Friday morning with the Slalom events beginning at 7 a.m. MT with the women's race. The men will follow with their first run at 8 a.m. MT. The second runs are slated to start at 10:30 a.m. MT.
"Our team is happy to have the first race under their belts and they are very much looking forward to the freestyle race on Sunday. They will be hunting for No. 24", concluded Stewart.
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Top 10 Overall
1. Utah................. 301.5
2. Denver................. 265
3. Colorado................. 240
4.Montana State................. 177
5. Dartmouth................. 170
6. Vermont................. 152
7. Northern Michigan................. 120
8. New Mexico................. 109.5
9. New Hampshire................. 86
10. Alaska Anchorage................. 79
Men's 10k Classic All-Americans
Martin Bergstrom, Utah - First Team
Dag Frode Trolleboe, Denver - First Team
Martin Mikkelsen, Utah - First Team
Petter Reistad, Colorado - First Team
Moritz Madlener, Denver - First Team
Fredrik Schwencke, Northern Michigan - Second Team
Adam Martin, Northern Michigan - Second Team
Mads Stroem, Colorado - Second Team
Ian Moore, Vermont - Second Team
Lars Hannah, Denver - Second Team
Women's 5k Classic All-Americans
Petra Hyncicova, Colorado - First Team
Merete Myrseth, Utah - First Team
Alayna Sonnesyn, Vermont - First Team
Christina Rolandsen, Colorado - First Team
Guro Jordheim, Utah - First Team
Vivian Hett, Northern Michigan - Second Team
Krista Niiranen, New Mexico - Second Team
Jesse Knori, Colorado - Second Team
Lizzie Gill, New Hampshire - Second Team
Lauren Jortberg, Dartmouth - Second Team
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