DENVER FINISHES THIRD IN THE NATION AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Pios Finish Just Short of Claiming 24th National Championship
March 11, 2017
Men's Freestyle Results | Women's Freestyle Results | Final Team Results
The University of Utah came from behind Saturday to claim the National Championship title, earning 541.5 points. The University of Colorado finished second at the championships, just one point ahead of Denver with a score of 525.0.
“It is of course disappointing to lose the championship on the final day and by such a slim margin, but Utah was a deserving champion this year and they earned this championship after many years of being so competitive”, said head coach Dave Stewart.
The 20K Freestyle competition for the men was an extremely tight race with the difference between first and fifth place finishers being less than two seconds.
The Nordic men’s team continued their dominant ways this season with all three athletes finishing inside the top 11 on the day.
Skiing in his final collegiate race, Moritz Madlener once again led the way for the Crimson and Gold, recording a third place finish coming in just .4 of a second behind second place finisher, Mads Ek Stroem of Colorado. Madlener collected a time of 46:03.4.
Madlener finished the week with two first-team All-American honors.
Race winner Martin Bergstroem earned a time of 46:02.8.
Finishing seventh on the day was Dag Frode Trolleboe with a time of 46:46.7. Trolleboe became a 2017 two-time All-American this week with his performances in New Hampshire; a first-team All-American in the Classic and a second-team in the Freestyle.
Rounding out the Nordic men was Lars Hannah, finishing in 11th on the day, just missing the top 10 by a few seconds.
“Our men had another particularly strong day, with all three guys skiing in the lead pack during the race. Moritz ended his collegiate career at DU sprinting with the best for the win, adding to his collection of NCAA podium results in third. Dag Frode had his best championship to cap a great year, adding a seventh today to his second from Thursday. Lars was just behind in 11th to add valuable points and maintain the overall lead at the conclusion of the men's race”, added Stewart.
Sylvia Nordskar was the race leader Saturday for the Denver women, finishing 11th in the Freestyle race with a time of 40:52.2, just two seconds shy of finishing inside the top 10.
Claiming a 27th place finish was Taeler McCrerey, skiing in with a time of 42:41.9.
Linn Eriksen finished the day in 29th, gathering a time of 43:04.8.
“The women were handed a tough task today, with a lead in the final event but two very strong teams in Utah and Colorado right behind them and skiing with nothing to lose. Each of our women fought hard and gave it 100%, but Utah and CU were just too strong and suddenly there were too many points to make up and not enough gas left in the tank. The extreme cold, wind and icy, fast conditions did not play to our women's strengths, but that is the sport.
“We have certainly benefited in the past from conditions that suited us better to help us win championships, but we did everything we could to maximize our performances this year. We simply fell a bit short of our goal.”
Stewart concluded, “I congratulate today's individual winners, overall champion Utah and also the University of New Hampshire for hosting an excellent championship.”
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