The host University of Colorado ski team is in third place after two events in its own Spencer James Nelson Memorial Invitational, as the Buffaloes won the women's giant slalom race while struggled on the men's side as windy conditions prevailed.

CU accumulated 191 points, and is behind meet leader Denver by 49½ points as the Pioneers racked up 240½, including 133 on the men's side behind a 1-3-5 finish. New Mexico is second with 213 points, 22 more than the Buffs, while Utah sits fourth, just five points behind CU with 186.

The CU women won its race with a combined 119 points, topping Utah's 108 and Denver's total of 107.5. The Buffs finished with three top eight finishers for those points and added a fourth skier in the top 12.

"Having four women in the top 12 is very good and we can build on that," CU head coach Richard Rokos said. "They did their job to perfection today. The guys are still struggling a little bit, but there are signs. They were far better on their second runs."

On the men's side, the Buffs struggled but did finish as a pack led by junior Andreas Haug's 16th place finish in a time of 1:55.65, just ahead of freshman Henrik Gunnarsson and his 17th-place time of 1:55.76.

Max Lamb was the Buffs' third scorer in a time of 1:57.00, good for 23rd, followed by freshman Cameron Smith, who was 24th in a time of 1:57.17. Junior Fletcher McDonald finished 30th in a time of 1:58.97 while freshman Kasper Hietenan did not finsh the second run after posting the 22nd fastest time in the first run.


The men's team compiled 72 points, a disappointing sixth-best in the field. But as Rokos says, today's slalom races should bode better for the Buffaloes.

CU Invitational/Spencer James Nelson Memorial

Team Scores (2 events): 1. Denver 240½; 2. New Mexico 213; 3. Colorado 191; 4. Utah 186; 5. Alaska Anchorage 167; 6. Montana State 140½; 7. Westminster College 125; 8. Colorado Mountain College 20.

Women's Giant Slalom (27 collegiate finishers): 1. Kristine Haugen, DU, 1:59.52; 2. Brooke Wales, CU, 2:01.31; 3. Jamie DuPratt, UU, 2:01.37; 4. Courtney Altringer, UNM, 2:01.48; 5. Shane McLean, CU, 2:01.70; 6. Vanessa Berther, UAA, 2:02.17; 7. Kristiina Rove, UU, 2:02.66; 8. Jessica Honkonen, CU, 2:02.84; 9. Kate Williams, UNM, 2:03.01; 10. Tianda Carroll, DU, 2:03.27

Other CU finishers: 12. Thea Grosvold, CU, 2:03.85; 20. Clare Wise, CU, 2:05.80; 21.

Men's Giant Slalom (34 collegiate finishers): 1. Max Marno, DU, 1:53.84; 2. Michael Bansmer, UNM, 1:53.86; 3. Trevor Philp, DU, 1:53.96; 4. Armin Triendl, UNM, 1:53.98; 5. Espen Lysdahl, DU, 1:54.46; 6. Simon Ruud, WMC, 1:54.76; 7. Benoit Jagot, WMC, 1:55.01; 8. Andreas Adde, UAA, 1:55.12; 9. Grant Jampolsky, DU, 1:55.13; 10. Joonas Rasanen, UNM, 1:55.20;

Other CU finishers: 16. Andreas Haug, CU, 1:55.65; 17. Henrik Gunnarsson, CU, 1:55.76; 18. 23. Max Lamb, CU, 1:57.00; 24. Cameron Smith, CU, 1:57.17; 30. Fletcher McDonald, CU, 1:58.97; 31.