Junior Tonje Trulsrud recorded a podium finish for the third consecutive race, highlighting Colorado's women's giant slalom performance at Snowbasin Resort in Huntsville, Utah, Thursday on the opening day of the Utah Invitational.
Trulsrud finished third behind a pair of skiers from Denver with her two-run time of 2:23.44. The Pioneers dominated Thursday's women's giant slalom race by placing three skiers inside the top five. DU scored 107 points and holds an early 42½-point lead over second place Utah. Colorado sits in seventh place with 48 points.
It was the 12th podium finish of Trulsrud's career and nine of those have come in the GS. She was coming off her performance on Monday to close out the Montana State Invitational when she won the slalom race, her first career victory in that event.
With Isabella Fidjeland and Megan McGrew not finishing their first run, and Andrea Arnold being held out of the Utah Invitational due to injury, the Buffs found themselves with just two skiers able to score points.
Trulsrud stood second after her first run that clocked in at 1:08.00. Christensen sat in 17th after the first time down the hill, her opening run clocking in at 1:10.85.
Christensen's second run was clocked at 1:16.82, which allowed her to hold her 17th place finish and score 14 points for the Buffaloes.
Trulsrud's second run was actually the third fastest in the field, but DU's Kristine Aasberg, who stood third after run one, was able to move one spot ahead of her after clocking the fastest second run time in the field. That left Trulsrud with a third-place finish to earn 34 points for the Buffs.
This is the second consecutive season that the Buff women have had just two finishers in an alpine race. Last year in the UAA Invitational, Katie Hostetler (16th) and Megan McGrew (21st) were the only two Buffs to finish the slalom race. CU ended up placing third in that meet.
What it means
In the last meet the alpine teams were at, the Montana State Invitational last weekend, the men's team had just two finishers on the opening day racing giant slalom. CU stood in fourth place after the men's and women's giant slalom, but after a huge day in the slalom events, the Buffs caught right up and took over first place.
Colorado will need much of the same to happen this time to get back in the hunt at the Utah Invitational.
The men's alpine team will have its opportunity at the giant slalom on Friday. The slalom races, both men and women, will be held on Saturday at Snowbasin Resort.
Women's Giant Slalom
Huntsville, Utah (Snowbasin Resort)
Women's Giant Slalom (22 finishers):
1. Kristine Aasberg, DU, 2:22.97; 2. Tuva Norbye, DU, 2:23.23; 3. Tonje Trulsrud, CU, 2:23.44; T-4. Andrea Komsic, DU, 2:25.34; T-4. Ann-Kathrin Breuning, Utah, 2:25.34; 6. Juliette Gauthier, WMC, 2:25.51; 7. Rebecca Fiegl, UNM, 2:25.64; T-8. Benedicte Lyche, MSU, 2:25.99; T-8. Julie Mohagen, 2:25.99; 10. Li Djurestaal, UAA, 2:26.39
Other CU Finishers: 17. Nora Christensen, 2:27.67; Isabella Fidjeland, DNF1; Andrea Arnold, DNF1
Women's Giant Slalom Team Scores
1. Denver 107; 2. Utah 64.5; 3. Westminster College 59; 4. Montana State 56.5; 5. New Mexico 55; 6. Alaska-Anchorage 54; 7. Colorado 48; 8. Colorado Mountain College 10.