University of Colorado freshman David Ketterer picked an opportune time to win his first career giant slalom race, doing so Friday at Beaver Creek Resort in Avon on the first day of the 2017 RMISA/NCAA West Regional Championships.

His win, in addition to top 10 finishes from Ola Johansen (sixth) and Max Luukko (eighth), helped propel the CU men's alpine team to a win in the giant slalom race on the first day of the championships.

"On the men's side, I think it was mission accomplished," head coach Richard Rokos said. "We were trying to move David up from where he was (on the NCAA qualification list) and move him into the top five. I think we're close to getting guys in the top five just for the sake of scoring and seeding at the NCAAs."

CU sits in third place among the six teams that competed Friday in the giant slalom races. The Buffs earned a total of 149 points. Denver was second with 152.5 and Montana State leads all schools with a first day total of 172 points.

The men's team, behind the three top 10 finishes, earned 90 points to edge Utah by 23 for the race victory. On the women's side, CU finished in fourth with 59 points.

Ketterer won four slalom races entering the championships, but had yet to win a giant slalom event. It is an event he has been working on improving at all season and he got off to a hot start on Friday by having the fastest time in the field on the first run with his 50.59 finish.


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"The first run was pretty good," Ketterer said. "I had a bib one, so I had a slight advantage because I had a perfect slope. I think I definitely delivered my best training run. The second run was little tougher, because the slope was kind of rutty. I still think I managed to put it down clean and ended up with a win."