Mads Stroem won his second straight race, and six Colorado skiers placed in the top 10 for the Nordic freestyle races as part of the Montana State Invitational on Sunday at Bohart Ranch in Bozeman, Mont.
Denver took a solid lead at the end of the alpine events just to see their lead diminish at the hands of Colorado and Utah. Entering the day, Denver had a 33 point lead over Colorado, which was 38 points ahead of the Utah. After the 5K women's and 10K men's freestyle races, the three teams are 23 points apart with two races left.
Denver remains in the lead with 475 points, just five ahead of Colorado (470), while Utah sits third with 452 points. Those three have a nearly 100-point advantage over fourth-place and host Montana State (360), with New Mexico (330) and Alaska Anchorage (304) all battling it out.
Associate members Westminster (251), Wyoming (58) and Colorado Mountain College (55) round out the team scoring. Westminster and Colorado Mountain only have alpine programs and Sunday was Wyoming's first RMISA action of the season.
Stroem, a junior, now has two straight wins after taking the 15K men's classic race at the Utah Invitational and has now won eight career races.
It wasn't just Stroem dominating the men's race, as the Buffs placed four in the top 10. Freshman Petter Reistad finished fourth in a time of 29:36.3 and missed his first podium by 5.9 seconds. Senior Arnaud Du Pasquier finished ninth in 30:26.5, and junior Jackson Hill was 10th in 30:30.0.
In women's action, Colorado sophomore Petra Hyncicova finished fifth in a time of 16:44.4, just four-tenths of a second behind fourth place and 16 seconds off the podium.
Sophomore Ane Johnsen finished 10th in a time of 17:09.5 in her first race of the season after she sat out the Utah Invitational due to illness. Johnsen now has seven top 10 finishes in eight career races as a Buff.
Montana St. Invitational Team Scores (6 of 8 events) — 1. Denver 475; 2. Colorado 470; 3. Utah 452; 4. Montana State 360; 5. New Mexico 330; 6. Alaska Anchorage 304; 7. Westminster 251; 8. Wyoming 58; 9. Colorado Mountain 55.
Men's 10K Freestyle (33 finishers) — 1. Mads Stroem, CU, 28:53.6; 2. Nick Hendrickson, UU, 28:54.2; 3. Sawyer Kesselheim, MSU, 29:28.4; 4. Petter Reistad, CU, 29:36.3; 5. Kevin Bolger, UU, 29:41.7; 6. Moritz Madlener, DU, 29:46.0; 7. Oscar Ivars, UU, 30:04.4; 8. Niklas Persson, UU, 30:04.7; 9. Arnaud Du Pasquier, CU, 30:26.5; 10. Jackson Hill, CU, 30:30.0. Other CU Finishers: 26. Max Scrimgeour, 32:23.6; 32. Ian Boucher, 33:27.7.
Women's 5K Freestyle (38 finishers) — 1. Linn Eriksen, DU, 16:08.3; 2. Emilie Cedervarn, UNM, 16:18.4; 3. Sloan Storey, UU, 16:28.4; 4. Veronika Mayerhofer, UU, 16:44.0; 5. Petra Hyncicova, CU, 16:44.4; 6. Eva Sever Rus, UNM and Cambria McDermott, MSU, 16:52.7; 8. Natalia Mueller, UU, 16:56.1; 9. Mackenzie Kanady, UAA, 16:57.4; 10. Ane Johnsen, CU, 17:09.5. Other CU Finishers: 17. Camilla Brautaset, 17:57.8; 18. Jesse Knori, 17:57.8; 19. Lucy Newman, 18:01.0; 26. Christina Rolandsen, 18:29.8.