Colorado capped a third-place finish in the UAA Invitational at Kincaid Park in Anchorage, Alaska, on Sunday, led by sophomore Christina Rolandsen's third-place effort.

The Buffaloes finished with 544 points. Utah won its second-straight meet with 661 points, and Denver finished in second with 636.

For Rolandsen, it was her second straight podium finish and third overall on the season.

Sunday's racing was one marked by freezing temperatures, which hovered right around zero degrees, but with the wind chill, were between minus 8-11 degrees.

"It was a cold day, not a great day for us, but you know we had some bright parts with Christina skiing well and Jesse (Knori) I think given the conditions skied about as well as one would have expected for her under these conditions that can be really hard on her," head Nordic coach Bruce Cranmer said.

The CU women placed second in the 15K freestyle event with 75 points, 16 back of first-place Utah.

Asides from Rolandsen's podium finish, senior Jesse Knori placed eighth for her fifth top 10 finish of the season. Freshman Anne Siri Lervik finished in 13th and Camilla Brautaset was 25th.

"Christina was on and off in the lead the whole race, she ended up just on the low side of the podium, but skied well," Cranmer said.

The men's team was once again led by sophomore Petter Reistad, who finished seventh in the 20K freestyle. He has now finished inside the top 10 in all seven races this year with four appearances on the podium.

Colorado was fifth among the seven schools in the men's freestyle race with 53 points.


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Freshman Andrew Potyk for a second consecutive day recorded his best finish of the season, placing 17th on Sunday that topped his 18th-place showing Saturday in the 10K classic race.

Jackson Hill came in 28th, Max Scrimgeour 31st and Ian Boucher 33rd in Sunday's 20K skate.

Despite a challenging day on Sunday, Cranmer said there are some positives that can be taken out of the day and the week of competition at sea level in Alaska.

The Buffaloes are now off until the RMISA Championships at the end of the month, which are being held at Beaver Creek, Feb. 24-26. The NCAA Championships follow that, March 8-11 in New Hampshire.

Scott Adams: 303-473-1312, adamss@dailycamera.com