Without an individual victory, the University of Colorado ski team held on to win the New Mexico Invitational on Sunday in Red River, N.M.
Jessica Honkonen was the top finisher for the Buffs with a third-place effort in the women's slalom. On the men's side, CU's Kasper Hietenan and Fletcher McDonald ended up with the exact same time of 1 minute, 36.31 seconds to tie for seventh.
"In my career, I have never seen that," CU ski coach Richard Rokos said. "Where we had two teammates with the exact same time in both the first and second runs, down to the hundredth of a second. Ties happen from time to time, but not both runs and not from teammates. I think that's more than one in a million chance of happening."
The Buffs finished the meet with 864 points to edge Utah at 851. The 13-point difference was the closest finish in a meet in two years dating back to when Colorado slipped past Utah 879-869 in the 2011 Denver Invitational.
The end of the New Mexico Invitational was also the end of the regular season. The RMISA Championships, which double as the NCAA West Regional, are set for February 22-24 in Bozeman, Mont. The season will then conclude with an east coast trip to Vermont for the NCAA Championships, hosted by Middlebury March 6-9.
"We've had a great season so far, winning all the meets," Rokos said. "We'll try to keep that going, it's good to be the conference champion. We took the regular season title and now we will try to be RMISA Champions. At the same time, for us, it's still gearing up for the NCAA Championships and we won't risk anything."
University of New Mexico
Team scores (final) --1. Colorado 864; 2. Utah 851; 3. Denver 808; 4. New Mexico 794; 5. Montana State 670; 6. Alaska Anchorage 605; 7. Westminster College 275; 8. Wyoming 204; 9 Colorado Mountain College 98.
Men's Slalom No. 2 -- 1. Espen Lysdahl, DU, 1:34.70; 2. Joonas Rasanen, UNM, 1:34.95; 3. Chris Acosta, UNM, 1:35.89; 4. Eian Sandvik, UU, 1:36.05; 5. Nikolai Narvestad, WMC, 1:36.06; 6. Mark Miller, UNM, 1:36.08; 7. Kasper Hietenan & Fletcher McDonald, CU, 1:36.31; 9. Andreas Adde, UAA, 1:36.36; 10. Max Marno, DU, 1:36.38. Other CU finishers: 16. Andreas Haug, 1:36.98; 26. Cameron Smith, 1:39.97. Did Not Finish (First Run): Henrik Gunnarsson; Max Lamb.
Women's Slalom No. 2 -- 1. Anna Goodman, WMC, 1:32.67; 2. Ana Kobal, UU, 1:33.73; 3. Jessica Honkonen, CU, 1:34.44; 4. Kristiina Rove, UU, 1:35.02; 5. Mateja Robnik, UNM, 1:35.59; 6. Devin Delaney, DU, 1:35.79; 7. Thea Grosvold, CU, 1:35.88; 8. Tianda Carroll, DU, 1:35.89; 9. Kate Williams, UNM, 1:36.18; 10. Jamie DuPratt, UU, 1:36.31. Other CU finishers: 12. Shane McLean, 1:36.69; 17. Clare Wise, 1:37.94. Disqualified (second run): Brooke Wales. Did Not Finish (second run): Khyla Burrows.