Junior Mads Stroem won his seventh career race despite crashing as the University of Colorado ski team finished second at the Utah Invitational on Monday at Soldier Hollow Resort in Midway, Utah.

Stroem and the men's racers started the day with the 15K classic race, and the Buffaloes, who were tied with Denver and six points ahead of Utah, moved into sole possession of the lead by 14 points after the Buffs won the men's race with 90 points.

Despite a third-place finish from sophomore Petra Hyncicova in the 10K women's classic race, the Utah women finished first and second to surge ahead of the Buffaloes and win the meet.

Utah won the meet with 632 points to the Buffs' 619. Denver was third 579 points.

For Stroem, the win is the seventh in his career and first since he swept the RMISA Championship races at the end of last season in Alaska. He has now hit the podium in 18 of 22 career races and has finished first or second 15 times in his career.

"It was a nice win for Mads, especially since he crashed early in the race," CU Nordic coach Bruce Cranmer said. "By the end of the first lap, he was back in the lead, but that took a lot out of him. He also wasn't feeling very well last night, so we were a little nervous, so that's a great win, it makes him happy and takes some pressure off moving forward."


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Stroem's winning time was 38:23.1 as he outsprinted Utah's Niklas Persson and Denver's Mortiz Madlener, who both were within 1.7 seconds of him at the finish line. Behind that trio was CU freshman Petter Reistad in a time of 38:40.3, 17.2 seconds behind Stroem but 8.1 seconds ahead of fifth place.

In the women's race, Hyncicova's podium is the third of her career and she has now finished in the top 10 in 12 of her 14 career races with seven top-five finishes.

Results

Team scores (final) -- 1. Utah 632; 2. Colorado 619; 3. Denver 579; 4. Montana State 492; 5. New Mexico 479; 6. Alaska Anchorage 384; 7. Westminster 258; 8. Colorado Mountain College 73.

Men's 15K classic (29 college finishers) -- 1. Mads Stroem, CU, 38:23.1; 2. Niklas Persson, UU, 38:24.4; 3. Moritz Madlener, DU, 38:24.8; 4. Petter Reistad, CU, 38:40.3; 5. Dag Frode Trolleboe, DU, 38:48.4; 6. Sawyer Kesselheim, MSU, 38:53.1; 7. Karsten Hokanson, MSU, 39:40.9; 8. Kevin Bolger, UU, 39:52.8; 9. Noe Bellet, UU, 39:53.3; 10. Erik Axelsson, MSU, 39:54.0. Other CU finishers: 12. Arnaud Du Pasquier, 40:11.7; 13. Jackson Hill, 40:17.4; 18. Max Scrimgeour, 40:41.2; 25. Ian Boucher, 41:56.9.

Women's 10K classic (25 college finishers) -- 1. Sloan Storey, UU, 29:36.6; 2. Veronika Mayerhofer, UU, 29:36.8; 3. Petra Hyncicova, CU, 29:52.6; 4. Cambria McDermott, MSU, 29:58.5; 5. Emilie Cedervarn, UNM, 30:12.6; 6. Eva Severrus, UNM, 30:18.9; 7. Natalie Mueller, UU, 30:24.4; 8. Kati Roivas, UNM, 30:38.3; 9. Josefin Nilsson, UU, 30:51.7; 10. Jesse Knori, CU, 30:58.4. Other CU finishers: 14. Camilla Brautaset, CU, 32:06.5; 20. Lucy Newman, 32:32.5. Did Not Start: Ane Johnsen. Did Not Race: Christina Rolandsen.

CU second at Montana State

The CU ski team is in second place after the conclusion of alpine events at the Montana State Invitational at Big Sky Resort. The Buffs had six skiers finish in the top 12 of the two slalom races to maintain their second-place standing.

Denver won both individual races and went 1-2 in the women's slalom race and leads the meet with 344 points, 33 ahead of Colorado's total of 311

Freshman Ola Johansen and senior Jessica Honkonen had similar races for the Buffs. In the men's race, Johansen had a mistake that pushed him down to 21st place after the first run, but he rebounded to record the fastest second run in the field, a performance that moved him up some 15 spots to finish sixth in 1:44.43. Honkonen was 15th after the first run and she had the fastest second run by six-tenths of a second and moved up to finish fourth in 1:50.30.

Results

Team scores (4 of 8 races) -- 1. Denver, 344; 2. Colorado 311; 3. Utah 273; 4. Westminster 251; 5. Montana State 227; 6. Alaska Anchorage 209; 7. New Mexico 187; 8. Colorado Mountain 55.

Men's slalom (36 college finishers) -- 1. Erik Read, DU, 1:43.00; 2. Giulio Bosca, WMC, 1:43.69; 3. David Neuhauser, MSU, 1:44.13; 4. Henrik Gunnarsson, CU, 1:44.29; 5. Joergen Brath, UU, 1:44.41; 6. Ola Johansen, CU, 1:44.43; 7. Morten Bakke, MSU, 1:44.48; 8. Tim Lindgren, WMC, 1:44.51; 9. Garrett Driller, MSU, 1:44.84; 10. Kasper Hietanen, CU, 1:44.98. Other CU finishers: 18. Max Luukko, 1:45.94; 22. Cameron Smith, 1:47.89; 34. Roger Carry, 2:02.96; 35. Adam Zika, 2:05.39.

Women's slalom (31 college finishers) -- 1. Tuva Norbye, DU, 1:48.86; 2. Kristine Haugen, DU, 1:49.45; 3. Maria Gudmundsdottir, UAA, 1:49.95; 4. Jessica Honkonen, CU, 1:50.30; 5. Monica Huebner, DU, 1:50.74; 6. Benedicte Lyche, MSU, 1:50.76; 7. Roni Remme, UU, 1:50.95; 8. Sara Ottosson, UNM, 1:50.96; 9. Ann-Kathrin, Bruening, WMC, 1:51.07; 10. Tonje Trulsrud, CU, 1:51.26. Other CU finishers: 12. Nora Christensen, 1:51.41; 25. Katie Hostetler, 1:58.80; 27. Thea Grosvold, 2:00.43; 28. Clare Wise, 2:01.13.