The University of Colorado ski team stormed to the lead in its own Spencer James Nelson Memorial Invitational on the Nordic side and opened the Denver Invitational in third place on the alpine side in a busy day of skiing in the Colorado mountains.

In Steamboat Springs, CU individuals won both races with sophomore Rune Oedegaard opening the day by winning the men's 20-kilometer freestyle race while senior Joanne Reid followed that up by taking the victory in the women's 15-kilometer freestyle race.

"It's a nice start to the season," CU Nordic coach Bruce Cranmer said. "It was a tough day because it was so cold. A lot of different people were all over the place. It's hard to know for sure, but I think the cold played into it. It was a rough day from that standpoint."

In men's Nordic action, Oedegaard's winning time in the four lap race was 53:49.6, besting Utah's Miles Havlick by less than a second (53:50.4). Oedegaard had a solid race throughout and won the final sprint to take the victory.

"Rune was just in there and skied smart," Cranmer said. "Sometimes the cold is an issue for him, fortunately it wasn't there today. He's in good form and skiing with some confidence and had a smart race."

Meanwhile 100 miles to the southeast in Winter Park, the Denver Invitational was getting underway. Sophomore Shane McLean led the way with a podium appearance on the women's side while three Buffs were in the top 11 on the men's side.


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Freshman Cameron Smith continues to improve on his results, Saturday finishing sixth in a time of 2:01.80, just one second behind second place. He consistently had the 10th-best first run and ninth-best second run for his second straight top 10 finish.

"It feels really good," Smith said. "As I said yesterday, I was really disappointed after Eldora, so it's good to get two solid races in. A big thing for me is to ski like it's training, because I usually ski well in training. The goal for me is to get into the top seed (guaranteeing a top seven starting position), having a top bib is definitely an advantage to starting 16th."

CU Spencer James Nelson Memorial Invitational

Team Scores (through 6 of 8 events) -- 1. Colorado, 646; 2. Denver, 620.5; 3. New Mexico, 578; 4. Alaska Anchorage, 514; 5. Utah, 492; 6. Montana State, 463.5; 7. Westminster, 259; 8. Colorado Mountain College 20.

Men's 20-kilometer Freestyle (28 college finishers) -- 1. Rune Oedegaard, CU, 53:49.6; 2. Miles Havlick, UU, 53:50.4; 3. Lukas Ebner, UAA, 53:51.3; 4. Einar Ulsund, UU, 53:58.2; 5. Mats Resaland, UNM, 54:35.4; 6. Andrew Dougherty, DU, 54:35.6; 7. Joergen Bye Brevik, DU, 54:36.9; 8. Tucker McCrerey, UU, 54:43.1; 9. Viktor Braennmark, UAA, 55:14.4; 10. Noe Ballet, UU, 55:39.5;

11. Tyler Reinking, MSU, 56:57.3; 12. Lasse Moelgaard, UAA, 56:14.6; 13. Trygve Markset, DU, 56:14.7; 14. Michael Schallinger, MSU, 56:35.8; 15. Charlie Von Thaden, CU, 56:35.9; 16. Christian Otto, UNM, 56:38.8; 17. Michael Vigers, CU, 56:57.0; 18. David Norris, MSU, 57:11.0; 19. Niklas Persson, UU, 57:15.0; 20. Ian Mallams, CU, 57:20.4; 21. Patrick Madden, MSU, 58:05.3; 22. Arnaud Du Pasquier, CU, 59:09.7; 23. Galen Johnston, UAA, 59:09.8; 24. David Dunlap, UAA, 1:00:15.3; 25. Luke Bromley, MSU, 1:01:09.6; 26. Scott Phelan, MSU, 1:01:17.0; 27. Sjur Prestsaeter, UNM, 1:02:51.9; 28. Eivind Solberg, UNM, 1:07:15.4.

Women's 15-Kilometer Freestyle (27 college finishers) -- 1. Joanne Reid, CU, 45:58.1; 2. Marine Dusser, UAA, 46:06.7; 3. Maria Norsdstroem, CU, 46:15.4; 4. Linn Klaesson, UNM, 46:59.4; 5. Silje Benum, DU, 47:17.2; 6. Jessica Yeaton, MSU, 47:18.3; 7. Mary Rose, CU, 47:18.4; 8. Clara Chauvet, UNM, 47:35.9; 9. Eliska Hajkova, CU, 48:06.3; 10. Rose Kemp, UU, 48:06.9;

11. Jessica Jortbert, DU, 48:17.3; 12. Sloan Storey, UU, 48:34.5; 13. Katie Gill, DU, 48:40.6; 14. Sarah Freistone, UAA, 48:48.3; 15. Anni Nord, UNM, 49:07.2; 16. Patricia Sprecher, UAA, 49:22.2; 17. Cambria McDermott, MSU, 49:28.5; 18. Maerta Larsen, UU, 49:30.3; 19. Isabella Smith, MSU, 49:32.6; 20. Elena Breed, DU, 49:58.5; 21. Anita Kirvesniemi, UNM, 51:03.5; 22. Karina Smith, UAA, 51:09.3; 23. Katie Backstrum, MSU, 51:10.2; 24. Cara McCulloch, UAA, 51:10.9; 25. Parker Tyler, UU, 53:27.8; 26. Ingrid Leask, UNM, 55:14.6; 27. Maya Radonich, UAA, 55:39.6.

DU Invitational

Team Scores (through 2 of 8 events) -- 1. Denver 253; 2. Utah 193; 3. Colorado 187; 4. Montana State 178; 5. New Mexico, 171; 6. Westminster 160; 7. Alaska Anchorage 151; 8. Colorado Mountain College 37.

Women's Giant Slalom (28 collegiate finishers) -- 1. Kristine Haugen, DU, 2:01.92; 2. Tonje Sekse, WMC, 2:02.42; 3. Shane McLean, CU, 2:04.44; 4. Jamie DuPratt, UU, 2:05.00; 5. Devin Delaney, DU, 2:05.25; 6. Teagen Palmer, DU, 2:05.31; 7. Vanessa Berther, UAA, 2:05.37; 8. Tianda Carroll, DU, 2:05.68; 9. Courtney Altringer, UNM, 2:05.93; 10. Ana Kobal, UU, 2:06.30.

Other CU finishers: 17. Jessica Honkonen, 2:07.57; 23. Thea Grosvold, 2:09.17; 27. Clare Wise, 2:13.20. Did Not Finish (Second Run): Brooke Wales.

Men's Giant Slalom (33 collegiate finishers) -- 1. Michael Radford, MSU, 2:00.03; 2. Trevor Philp, DU, 2:00.80; 3. Jeremy Elliot, UU, 2:00.85; 4. Espen Lysdahl, DU, 2:01.33; 5. Grant Jampolsky, DU, 2:01.47; 6. Cameron Smith, CU, 2:01.80; 7. Chris Acosta, UNM & Simon Ruud, WMC, 2:02.41; 9. Nikolai Narvestad, WMC, 2:02.44; 10. Kasper Hietanen, CU, 2:02.71.

Other CU finishers: 11. Henrik Gunnarsson, 2:02.81; 14. Andreas Haug, 2:03.11; 19. Max Lamb, 2:03.75; 30. Fletcher McDonald, 2:07.25.