The Colorado men's and Nordic teams took first place in the 5/10K classic races Thursday at the Rendezvous Ski Trails in West Yellowstone, Mont., allowing the Buffs to close in on meet leader Denver at the Utah Invitational.

Colorado stood in third place after 4-of-8 events in the meet prior to Thursday, 56 points behind the leading Pioneers, but after winning both races the Buffaloes have closed to within six points of DU, 476-470.

Colorado scored 197 points total from the two races Thursday, 108 on the women's side thanks to first-, second- and fourth-place finishes, and 89 from the men.

"We weren't even sure we were going to be able to bring it back at all, that's a lot of points," Colorado Nordic coac Bruce Cranmer said of the margin before the start of racing. "That's great, six points, that's doable."

For the second consecutive women's 5K classic race, CU's Hedda Baangman and Petra Hyncicova finished first and second, and again by a close margin.

Junior Petter Reistad led the men's team that placed four Buffs inside the top nine. His second place finish was his best result of the season and gave him the 10th podium appearance of his career.