The defending national champion University of Colorado ski team had three top-10 efforts Friday and sit in second place through two of eight events at the Spencer James Nelson Memorial Invitational in Steamboat Springs.

Denver holds the day one lead with 165 points, with the host Buffaloes 15 back with 150; the third through seventh spots are separated by only six points: Westminster (121), Montana State (120), Utah (119), New Mexico (117) and Alaska-Anchorage (115), the closest five teams have ever been separated since the sport went co-ed in 1983.

Senior Henrik Gunnarsson reached the top of the podium in his 46th collegiate race. He had six previous top five efforts — four in the slalom — with his best a third place showing as a freshman in the slalom at New Mexico's Invitational. He was coming off a fourth-place finish in the slalom just a week ago in Montana.

"The first run was pretty rough, I had bib 15, an unlucky draw I guess," Gunnarsson said. "I skied as hard and fast as I could. In the second run, I went as hard as I could, it was very similar to my first run. I know this hill really well by now, you have to go hard or it just won't work."

In the women's slalom, freshman Tonje Trulsrud finished seventh in a 1:29.91 clocking; Utah's Julie Mohagen won in 1:28.55. She had the eighth-best run to open up her day and the sixth-best to finish.

Spencer Hames Nelson Memorial/CU Invitational

Team scores (2 of 8 events)— 1. Denver 165; 2. Colorado 150; 3. Westminster 121; 4. Montana State 120; 5. Utah 119; 6. New Mexico 117; 7. Alaska-Anchorage 115; 8. Colorado Mountain College 27; 9. Wyoming 0.


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Men's Slalom (38 collegiate finishers)— 1. Henrik Gunnarsson, CU, 1:25.43; 2. Giulio Bosca, WMC, 1:25.56; 3. Taylor Shiffrin, DU, 1:26.11; 4. Ola Johansen, CU, 1:26.17; 5. Tim Lindgren, WMC, 1:26.25; 6. David Neuhauser, MSU, 1:26.40; 7. Hughston Norton, UAA, 1:26.84; 8. Sean Alexander, UAA, 1:26.86; 9. Morton Bakke, MSU, 1:26.98; 10. Joergen Brath, Utah, 1:27.04. Other CU Finishers: 17. Max Luukko, 1:27.70; 19. Kasper Hietanen, 1:27.93; 19. Adam Zika, 1:27.93; 22. Roger Carry, 1:28.33; 25. Cameron Smith, 1:29.61.

Women's Slalom (34 collegiate finishers)— 1. Julie Mohagen, Utah, 1:28.55; 2. Tuva Norbye, DU, 1:29.51; 3. Kristine Haugen, DU, 1:29.71; 4. Maria Gudmundsdottir, UAA, 1:29.76; 5. Jocelyn McCarthy, MSU, 1:29.83; 6. Sara Ottosson, UNM, 1:29.87; 7. Tonje Trulsrud, CU, 1:29.91; 8. Monica Huebner, DU, 1:30.26; 9. Karoline Myklebust, UNM, 1:30.55; 10. Sydney Staples, UNM, 1:30.58. Other CU Finishers: 11. Thea Grosvold, 1:30.64; 12. Nora Christensen, 1:30.72; 31. Clare Wise, 1:39.51; 34. Katie Hostetler, 1:51.92;