The Colorado women's Nordic team took home the first, second, fourth and eighth place spots in the women's 10K freestyle race at the U.S. Cross Country Championships Wednesday at Kincaid Park in Anchorage, Alaska to highlight the opening day of the 2018 ski season for the Buffaloes.
Petra Hyncicova, the 2017 NCAA champion in both the classical and freestyle events, picked up right where she left off to end the NCAA circuit last year and recorded her sixth race win in her last nine starts.
On the men's side, CU placed two inside the top 10 with its third-best finisher coming in 17th place.
CU's deep squad came out firing in the first race of the season and placed four Buffs inside the top eight among finishers out of the RMISA. Along with Hyncicova winning the race, junior Christina Rolandsen, a first-team All-American in last season's freestyle skate at the NCAA Championships, was right on her tail and finished second to earn her fifth career podium finish.
Newcomer Alvar Alev and four-time All-American Petter Reistad led the Buffs on Wednesday, the duo finishing in eighth and ninth place, respectively. They finished within sixth-tenths of each other and for Reistad, he has now placed inside the top 10 in every one of the 23 races in his career.
Sophomore Andrew Potyk, who had his best finish last year at the same Kincaid Park in the UAA Invite, finished 17th on Wednesday. He was also 17th last winter in the 20K freestyle at the UAA Invite.
2018 U.S. Cross Country Championships
Kincaid Park (Anchorage, Alaska)
Women's 10k Freestyle Results (2.5K course, four laps, 31 RMISA finishers):
1. Petra Hyncicova, CU, 28:05.8; 2. Christina Rolandsen, CU, 28:11.5; 3. Hailey Swirbul, UAA, 28:39.4; 4. Hedda Baangman, CU, 28:46.9; 5. Guro Jordheim, Utah, 28:47.0; 6. Emma Tarbath, MSU, 29:20.5; 7. Johanna Taliharm, MSU, 29:39.6; 8. Anne Siri Lervik, 29:39.8; 9. Jasmi Joensuu, DU, 29:44.4; 10. Mariah Bredal, Utah, 30:04.3. Other CU Finishers: 13. Ane Johnsen, 31:01.7; 30. Quinn Lehmkuhl, 33:52.9.
Men's 15k Freestyle Results (2.5K course, six laps, ## RMISA finishers):
1. Dag Frode Trolleboe, DU, 38:26.9; 2. Erik Axelsson, MSU, 38:44.5; 3. Eivind Romberg Kvaale, DU, 38:48.4; 4. Martin Bergstroem, Utah, 38:49.4; 5. Hakon Hjelstuen, Utah, 38:54.5; 6. Toomas Kollo, UAA, 38:54.9; 7. Seiji Takagi, UAF, 39:34.8; 8. Alvar Alev, CU, 39:26.1; 9. Petter Reistad, CU, 39:26.7; 10. Max Donaldson, UAF, 39:37.5; Other CU Finishers: 17. Andrew Potyk, 40:22.5; 27. Ian Boucher, 42:44.8; 29. Tyler Terranova, 43:08.3