The University of Colorado ski team sits in fifth place at the Eighth Annual CU Spencer James Nelson Memorial Invitational after the giant slalom races here at Eldora Mountain Resort on Thursday.

While the Buffs improved from yesterday's races that saw just four of 11 skiers finish (all 10 skiers finished both runs Thursday), the results still aren't quite what coach Richard Rokos expects from the Buffs.

“Coaches are agonizing over it, the athletes are puzzled,” Rokos said. “The bottom line is this is our hill and we always expect a certain home advantage. It turned against us. Today was better than yesterday; from where we are we can't get any worse.”

Four Buffs did record four top 11 finishes; freshman Stef Fleckenstein on the women's side and sophomore Joey Young and freshman Teddy Takki on the men's side each got in the top 10 while senior Max Luukko was just outside in 11th place in the men's race.

Fleckenstein led the way for the women's team in ninth place in a time of 1:57.21, moving up 10 spots from her starting position of 19th. Junior Andrea Arnold was 18th in a time of 1:58.60 with senior Nora Christensen one spot back in 18th in a time of 1:58.99. Freshmen Olivia Gerrard (23rd in 2:00.78) and Kaitlyn Harsch (24th in 2:02.38) rounded out the CU scorers.


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Young had his career best GS finish in seventh in a time of 1:53.83. He had a slight mistake on the second run that may have cost him a few places as he was two-tenths of a second out of fourth place. Takki, who didn't finish Wednesday's qualifier race, redeemed himself with an eighth place finish in 1:53.87 and Luukko took 11th in 1:54.44.

SPENCER JAMES NELSON MEMORIAL INVITATIONAL TEAM RESULTS (through 2 of 8 events)—1. Denver 169; 2. Utah 159; 3. Montana State 130; 4. New Mexico 126; 5. Colorado 119; 6. Alaska Anchorage 117; 7. Westminster 77; 8. Colorado Mountain 28.

WOMEN'S GIANT SLALOM RESULTS (26 collegiate finishers)—1. Tuva Norbye, DU, 1:54.98; 2. Eirin Engeset, UU, 1:55.44; 3. Roni Remme, UU, 1:55.92; 4. Rebecca Fiegl, UNM, 1:56.44; 5. Georgia Burgess, UAA, 1:56.74; 6. Sona Moravcikova, UNM, 1:57.03; 7. Jocelyn McCarthy, MSU, 1:57.05; 8. Stephanie Gartner, MSU, 1:57.20; 9. Stef Fleckenstein, CU, 1:57.21; 10. Amelia Smart, DU, 1:57.44; 11. Petra Smaldore, WMC, 1:57.46; 12. Katie Hensien, DU, 1:57.49; 13. Li Djurestaal, UAA, 1:57.70; 14. Mia Henry, MSU, 1:57.95; 15. Katharine Irwin, UNM, 1:58.07; 16. Beatrix Lever, MSU, 1:58.49; 17. Haley Cutler, UNM, 1:58.58; 18. Andrea Arnold, CU, 1:58.60; 19. Nora Christensen, CU, 1:58.99; 20. Chloe Margue, UNM, 1:59.41; 21. Anika Angriman, WMC, 1:59.62; 22. Alix Wells, UAA, 1:59.97; 23. Olivia Gerrard, CU, 2:00.78; 24. Kaitlyn Harsch, CU, 2:01.83; 25. Juliette Gauthier, WMC, 2:02.38; 26. Madison Muxworthy, CMC, 2:10.84. Did Not Start (First Run): Kathryn Parker, UU. Did Not Finish (First Run): Storm Klomhaus, DU; Andrea Komsic, DU; Kristina Natalenko, UAA; Giulia Lorini, WMC; Kaitlyn Vesterstein, UU; Soleil Patterson, UAA. Did Not Finish (Second Run): Antonia Wearmouth, UNM; Julie Mohagen, UU.

MEN'S GIANT SLALOM RESULTS (35 collegiate finishers)—1. Tobias Kogler, DU, 1:52.32; 2. Mark Engel, UU, 1:52.78; 3. Aage Solheim, MSU, 1:53.13; 4. Jett Seymour, DU, 1:53.64; 5. Joachim Lein, UU, 1:53.66; 6. Sky Kelsey, UAA, 1:53.80; 7. Joey Young, CU, 1:53.83; 8. Teddy Takki, CU, 1:53.87; 9. Huston Philp, UU, 1:53.92; 10. Tyler Theis, UNM, 1:53.99; 11. Max Luukko, CU, 1:54.44; 12. Vegard Busengdal, UNM, 1:54.50; 13. Nick Santaniello, DU, 1:54.51; 14. Louis Muhlen-Schulte, MSU, 1:54.58; 15. *Fredrik Maurstad, UU, 1:54.73; 16. Anthony Naciuk, UAA, 1:54.77; 17. Didrik Nilsen, UAA, 1:54.80; 18. Linus Walch, UU, 1:54.87; 19. *Ty Sprock, UU, 1:55.13; 20. Morten Bakke, MSU, 1:55.15; 21. Rafael Breu, WMC, 1:55.17; 22. Olav Sanderberg, UNM, 1:55.20; 23. Alex Barounos, UNM, 1:55.25; 24. Max Bervy, CU, 1:55.35; 25. Patrick Carry, MSU, 1:55.59; 26. Mikkel Wahl, WMC, 1:55.77; 27. Tommy Anderson, UNM, 1:55.83; 28. Harrison Goss, CMC, 1:56.22; 29. Tomas Birkner De Miguel, UU, 1:56.27; 30. Michael Soetaert, UAA, 1:56.75; 31. Dominic Unterberger, UAA, 1:57.25; 32. Bobby Moyer, CU, 1:57.44; 33. Zak Vinter, MSU, 1:57.81; 34. *Martins Onskulis, UAA, 1:58.73; 35. Jeppe Baardseth, WMC, 2:00.79; 36. Devin Hope, CMC, 2:05.78. Did Not Start (First Run): Dominic Demschar, UU. Did Not Finish (First Run): Addison Dvoracek, UU; Liam Wallace, UAA; Martin Arene, WMC; Tai Juneau, CMC; Sigurdue Hauksson, CMC; Kristinn Audunsson, CMC. Did Not Finish (Second Run): Oskar Voello, WMC; Florian Szwebel, MSU; Martin Grasic, UU; Nicolas Veth, UNM; Garrett Black, CMC.