Freshman Mikaela Tommy won the women's race, freshman Filip Forejtek took second in the men's race and the University of Colorado ski team moved from third into first after the first day of alpine here Thursday at Aleyska Ski Resort.
Tommy became the first women's alpine skier to win three straight giant slalom races in CU history and her three wins are tied for the most in a single season in CU history. Forejtek's second place finish is the first podium of his career and just the fourth race he's competed in after injuring himself in the first race of the season.
Third entering the day, the Buffs finished second to Utah in the men's race by just 1.5 points, 75.5 to 74 while Denver scored 71 points. The Buffs then took the lead after the conclusion of the women's race, which the Buffs won handily, scoring 88 points to Utah's 66 and Denver's 65. Through six of eight races in the meet, the Buffs are up by just 1.5 points on Utah, 474-472.5, while Denver is just 22 points back with a total of 452.
The UAA Invitational will conclude on Saturday after the RMISA Championships kick back up on Friday with Nordic classic and another set of giant slalom races.
Tommy won her third straight race, the first three GS races of her career, winning both runs and taking the race by almost seven-tenths of a second in a time of 2:37.72. Senior Nora Christensen took seventh in a time of 2:41.29, setting a new career best GS finish, and freshman Stef Fleckenstein was eighth in 2:41.51, her third top 10 in GS of the season. Christensen hit the top 10 for the first time this season in GS and improved her placement on the NCAA qualification list. It marked her fourth career top 10 in GS. Fleckenstein now has three top 10 finishes in GS action this season and five overall in nine races. Junior Andrea Arnold finished 15th in a time of 2:43.26 while freshmen Kaitlyn Harsch (17th in 2:43.28) and Olivia Gerrard (19th in 2:44.22) gave the Buffs six of the top 10 finishers in the race.
Filip Forejtek finished second in a time of 2:29.33, just nine-hundredths of a second behind DU's Simon Fournier, who won the race in 2:29.24. Forejtek earned his first career podium and it's just the second race he's finished this season after injuring his wrist in the first race of the season at Eldora. Sophomore Joey Young finished seventh in a time of 2:30.18, matching his career best finish in the discipline. Senior Max Luukko finished 19th in 2:32.36, freshman Teddy Takki took 25th in 2:33.32 and freshman Max Bervy took 27th in 2:33.64.
ALASKA ANCHORAGE INVITATIONAL TEAM RESULTS (through 6 of 8 events)—1. Colorado 474; 2. Utah 472.5; 3. Denver 452; 4. Alaska Anchorage 362; 5. New Mexico 360.5; 6. Montana State 237; 7. Alaska Fairbanks 195; 8. Westminster 80; 9. Colorado Mountain 25.
MEN'S GIANT SLALOM (31 collegiate finishers)—1. Simon Fournier, DU, 2:29.24; 2. Filip Forejtek, CU & Joachim Lein, UU, 2:29.33; 4. Tobias Kogler, DU, 2:29.36; 5. Aage Solheim, MSU, 2:29.94; 6. Liam Wallace, UAA, 2:29.99; 7. Joey Young, CU, 2:30.18; 8. Sky Kelsey, UAA, 2:30.33; 9. Huston Philp, UU, 2:30.72; 10. Morten Bakke, MSU & Vegard Busengdal, UNM, 2:31.04. Other CU Finishers: 19. Max Luukko, 2:32.36; 25. Teddy Takki, 2:33.32; 27. Max Bervy, 2:33.64. Did Not Start (First Run): Bobby Moyer.
WOMEN'S GIANT SLALOM (21 collegiate finishers)—1. Mikaela Tommy, CU, 2:37.72; 2. Eirin Engeset, UU, 2:38.41; 3. Tuva Norbye, DU, 2:38.67; 4. Andrea Komsic, DU, 2:39.63; 5. Kristine Aasberg, UU, 2:39.88; 6. Rebecca Fiegl, UNM, 2:40.44; 7. Nora Christensen, CU, 2:41.29; 8. Stef Fleckenstein, CU, 2:41.51; 9. Kahtarine Irwin, UNM, 2:41.57; 10. Haley Cutler, UNM, 2:41.61. Other CU Finishers: 15. Andrea Arnold, 2:43.26; 17. Kaitlyn Harsch, 2:43.38; 19. Olivia Gerrard, 2:44.22.