Rune Oedegaard completed a rare feat on Thursday.

The University of Colorado junior repeated as NCAA champion in the men's 10K classical race in Midway, Utah.

Since the NCAA went to the current Nordic format of running both classical and freestyle races in the late 1980s, Oedegaard became the first male skier to repeat in the classic and just the second to win it twice, joining Utah's Luke Bodensteiner.

That said, the Buffs have had plenty of success in the discipline with four out of the last five NCAA titles going to a CU skier. Buffs Matt Gelso won in 2010 and Reid Pletcher in 2011.

Oedegaard won the race in 24 minutes, 34.5 seconds He finished 11 seconds ahead of Denver's Pierre Guedon (24:45.8)

"It was tougher than it looked," Oedegaard said. "When you look at it, you'd think it was an easy course, there aren't any long steep hills, but at the same time you have to work the whole time, it's 25 minutes of maximum effort."

With Oedegaar's victory, CU moved up in the team standings from fourth to third. Denver (299 points) used five top-eight finishes to wrestle the lead away from host Utah (248). CU has 240.5 points and New Mexico is fourth with 231. Vermont has 186.5 points to round up the top five.

The leader at the midway point of the NCAA Championships had won six titles in a row until last year. Vermont led Colorado by 21½ points through four events, but the Buffs rallied on the last day to claim the team title.

Also in Thursday's men's race, CU freshman Mads Stroem was fourth (25:11.1) and junior Arnaud Du Pasquier was 19th (26: 35.2).

In the women's 5K classical race, Vermont's Anja Gruber won in 13:38.4. Denver's Sylvia Nordskar was second, nine seconds behind, and New Mexico's Eva Severrus was third, nearly 22 seconds back.

Colorado's women's team is comprised of three freshmen, with Camilla Brautaset posting the best time, 14:44.1. She was 16th place. Lucy Newman was 23rd (14:55.2) and Maja Solbakken was 24th (14:55.4).

Up next are the slalom races in Park City on Friday. The championships wrap up Saturday with the Nordic freestyle races.

NCAA Championships

Team Scores (4 of 8 events) — 1. Denver 299; 2. Utah 248; 3. Colorado 240.5; 4. New Mexico 231; 5. Vermont 186.5; 6. Dartmouth 131; 7. Northern Michigan 125; 8. Montana State 104.5; 9. Alaska-Anchorage 94; 10. Alaska-Fairbanks 76; 11. Middlebury 70.5; 12. New Hampshire 59; 13. Harvard 41; 14. Colby 34; 15. St. Olaf 16; 16. Williams 15; 17. Bowdoin 12; 18. St. Scholastica 6; 19. St. Michael's 4; 20 (tie). Bates, Plymouth State 1; 22 (tie). Michigan Tech, St. Lawrence 0.

Women's 5K Classical (38 finishers) — 1. Anja Gruber, UVM, 13:38.4; 2. Sylvia Nordskar, DU, 13:47.7; 3. Eva Severrus, UNM, 14:01.0; 4. Nichole Bathe, 14:07.7; 5. Jessica Yeaton, MSU, 14:21.1; 6. Rosie Frankowski, NMU, 14:23.5; 7. Makayla Cappel, DU, 14:24.6; 8. Anna Svendsen, Utah, 14:24.8; 9. Sloan Storey, Utah, 14:26.0; 10. Mary Kate Cirelli, NMU, 14:30.1. CU Finishers: 16. Camilla Brautaset, 14:44.1; 23. Lucy Newman, 14:55.2; 24. Maja Solbakken, 14:55.4.

Men's 10K Classical (40 finishers) — 1. Rune Oedegaard, CU, 24:34.5; 2. Pierre Guedon, DU, 24:45.8; 3. Niklas Persson, Utah, 25:00.9; 4. Mads Stroem, CU, 25:11.1; 5. Moritz Madlener, DU, 25:16.2; 6. Kyle Bratrud, NMU, 25:24.4; 7. Lukas Ebner, UAA, 25:28.5; 8. Tryge Markset, DU, 25:28.6; 9. Aku Nikander, UNM, 25:42.9; 10. Fredrick Schwencke, NMU, 25:47.2. Other CU Finisher: 19. Arnaud Du Pasquier, 26:35.2.