The University of Colorado ski team remains in second place at the NCAA Championships, but fell further behind Vermont on Friday in Hancock, Vt.

Denver's Kristine Haugen won the women's slalom race in 1 minute, 37.97 seconds while New Mexico's Joonas Rasanen won the men's race (1:38.96).

CU's top finisher in the women's race was Jessica Honkonen in 16th (1:40.78) and Kasper Hietanen led the way on the men's side in a tie for eighth (1:40.28).

"It was a tough day, as tough as slalom can be," CU head coach Richard Rokos said. "There are two approaches, go out and give everything like Utah and Denver did, or ski conservatively and hope that everybody else will have bad luck or ski the same way. UVM knows this place well and they took advantage. With us being just behind them, our kids finished six runs diligently, it's part of the deal. Unfortunately we didn't catch enough points to catch up or even maintain with Vermont, so they're still ahead of us."

The Catamounts ended the day with 564 points, followed by Colorado (510), Denver (484) and Utah (481). Those four schools remain in the hunt for the title, as fifth place New Mexico (449) and sixth place Dartmouth (405) are likely too far back of Vermont.

The meet wraps up Saturday with the Nordic freestyle races.

"The Nordic races are a little more predictable, which is obvious after today here," Rokos said. "We'll see how we do tomorrow, we're not out of it but need to have a great day. We'll do everything to get every kid through the finish line in the fastest possible way, and we'll be there cheering them on as much as we possibly can."

NCAA Championships

Team Scores (6 of 8 events) -- 1. Vermont 564; 2. Colorado 510; 3. Denver 484; 4. Utah 481; 5. New Mexico 449; 6. Dartmouth 405; 7. New Hampshire 390.5; 8. Alaska-Anchorage 367.5; 9. Middlebury 302; 10. Montana State 300; 11. Colby 132; 12. Northern Michigan 111; 13. Williams 93; 14. St. Lawrence 86; 15. Alaska-Fairbanks 52; 16. Bates 47.5; 17. Harvard 39; 18. St. Michael's 24; 19. Maine-Presque Isle 15; 20. St. Scholastica 2; 21. Bowdoin 0.5.

Women's Slalom (33 finishers) -- 1. Kristine Haugen, DU, 1:37.97; 2. Kristina Riis-Johannessen, UVM, 1:38.02; 3. Tianda Carroll, DU, 1:38.27; 4. Lizzie Kistler, Dart., 1:38.35; 5. Ana Kobal, Utah, 1:38.42; 6. Kate Ryley, UVM, 1:38.91; 7. Sara Kikut, Dart., 1:39.05; 8. Geordie Lonza, Will., 1:39.08; 9. Mateja Robnik, UNM, 1:39.21; 10. Randa Teschner, UNH, 1:39.29. CU Finishers: 16. Jessica Honkonen, 1:40.78; 18. Brooke Wales, 1:41.16; 27. Thea Grosvold, CU, 1:42.20.

Men's Slalom (33 finishers) --1. Joonas Rasanen, UNM, 1:38.96; 2. David Donaldson, Midd., 1:39.24; 3. Sam Coffey, UNH, 1:39.75; 4. Jonathon Nordbotten, UVM, 1:39.83; 5. Taylor Vest-Burton, UNH, 1:39.89; 6. Hig Roberts, Midd., 1:40.13; 7. Andy Trow, Utah, 1:40.18; 8 (tie). Kasper Hietanen, CU, and Christopher Acosta, UNM, 1:40.28; 10. Max Marno, DU, 1:40.41. Other CU Finishers: 13. Henrik Gunnarsson, 1:40.76; 16. Andreas Haug, 1:41.62.