The University of Colorado ski team opened the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association Championships on Friday with as strong a showing as one could ask for.
Joanne Reid led the way as the Buffs claimed each spot on the podium in the 5K Classical race in Bozeman, Mont. Reid, who was named as the RMISA's Women's Nordic Most Valuable Skier this week, continued her phenomenal season by capturing her eighth win in nine races. She finished in 16 minutes, 35.9 seconds.
Fellow Buff Eliska Hajkova (16:45.5) was second and CU's Maria Nordstroem (16:51.9) was third.
"You can hardly ask for more," Colorado head coach Richard Rokos said. "Just short of two weeks before the NCAA Championships, this is a great confidence builder."
Reid wasn't the only CU winner Friday. Rune Oedegaard claimed the title in the men's 10K Classical race in 28:15.3. The CU sophomore edged Utah's Miles Havlick, who is from Boulder. Havlick finished in 28:15.6.
The two victories mean the Buffs lead the RMISA Championships, which also double as the NCAA West Regional, with 255 team points. Utah is second at 215 and host Montana State third (189).
On tap Saturday are the first alpine races, with the six schools competing in the men's and women's giant slalom. The Nordic events will conclude with the women's 15K freestyle and men's 20K freestyle.
Team Scores (through 2 of 8 events) -- 1. Colorado 255; 2. Utah 215; 3. Montana State 189; 4. Alaska-Anchorage and Denver 188; 6. New Mexico 147.
Men's 10K Classical (30 collegiate finishers) -- 1. Rune Oedegaard, CU, 28:15.3; 2. Miles Havlick, Utah, 28:15.6; 3. Einar Ulsund, Utah, 29:04.4; 4. David Norris, MSU, 29:05.3; 5. Lukas Ebner, UAA, 29:08.0; 6. Andrew Daugherty, DU, 29:16.8; 7 (tie). Gustav Nordstrom, CU and Noe Bellet, Utah, 29:18.7; 9. Patrick Madden, MSU, 29:25.2; 10. Niklas Persson, Utah, 29:27.9. Other CU Finishers: 11. Ian Mallams, 29:37.5; 12. Andreas Hoye, 29:37.9; 16. Arnaud Du Pasquier, 30:03.4; 17. Michael Vigers, 30:25.3; 22. Charlie Von Thhaden, 31:17.4.
Women's 5K Classical (29 collegiate finishers) -- 1. Joanne Reid, CU, 16:35.9; 2. Eliska Hajkova, CU, 16:45.5; 3. Maria Nordstroem, CU, 16:51.9; 4. Marine Dusser, UAA, 17:03.8; 5. Silje Benum, DU, 17:04.0; 6. Makayla Cappel, DU, 17:12.4; 7. Rose Kemp, Utah, 17:24.8; 8. Jessica Yeaton, MSU, 17:26.8; 9. Patricia Sprecher, UAA, 17:35.5; 10. Anna Svendsen, Utah, 17:40.4. Other CU Finisher: 12. Mary Rose, 17:49.9.