BEAVER CREEK & MINTURN — Although Rune Oedegaard and Mads Stroem crossed the line 1-2 on the men’s Nordic side, the University of Colorado wasn’t able to hold off Utah and finished second at the 65th Annual RMISA Championships, hosted here by the University of Denver Saturday.

The Buffs establsihed a three point lead on Friday at the midpoint of the championships, which double as the NCAA Western Regional,  but the Utes outscored the Buffs by seven points to take a four point victory Saturday, the slimmest margin of victory in RMISA Championships history. Utah’s eight-event total was 640 to the Buffs 636. New Mexico finished third with 617.5 points with the host Pioneers taking fourth with 578.5. Montana State (445) edged out Alaska Anchorage (425) for fifth place. 

“On one hand, this is a good indication that we are coming back to full strength as a team, missing out on a regional championship by just a few points,” CU coach Richard Rokos said. “But on the other hand it’s very disappointing. Slalom on our men’s alpine side has been our strongest event and everybody struggled today. Since they did so well yesterday, it was unexpected. Because we are only a week out from NCAAs, we are over analyzing it and it will take a few days to get over, but we have to look at it like it was a one-time mistake and forget about it quickly.”

Selections for the NCAA Championships will be announced Tuesday. Teams that can count as many as six skiers in regular season meets are forced to select three skiers from each men’s and women’s Nordic and alpine to make a 12-skier contingent. All six Division I teams in the RMISA will send full 12-skier squads to the NCAA Championships, which will be hosted by Utah in Park City and Midway March 5-8.

RMISA Championships Team Scores (FINAL)—1. Utah 640; 2. Colorado 636; 3. New Mexico 617.5; 4. Denver 578.5; 5. Montana State 445; 6. Alaska Anchorage 425; 7. Colorado Mountain College 71.

Women’s 15K Freestyle (25 finishers)1. Eva Severrus, UNM, 39:53.0; 2. Marine Dusser, UAA, 40:30.5; 3. Makayla Cappel, DU, 41:19.0; 4. Sloan Storey, UU, 41:26.5; 5. Maja Solbakken, CU, 41:48.9; 6. Jessica Yeaton, MSU, 41:49.8; 7. Andrea Lee, UNM, 41:50.5; 8. Camilla Brautaset, CU, 41:51.4; 9. Jessica Jortberg, DU, 42:01.0; 10. Kate Backstrum, MSU, 42:02.2. Other CU Finisher: 18. Lucy Newman, 43:45.1.


Men’s 20K Freestyle (26 finsihers)—1. Rune Oedegaard, CU, 45:06.8; 2. Mads Stroem, CU, 45:16.0; 3. Aljaz Praznik, UNM, 45:16.3; 4. Pierre Guedon, DU, 45:18.6; 5. Lukas Ebner, UAA, 45:27.0; 6. Mats Resaland, UNM & Noe Bellet, UU, 45:40.1; 8. Niklas Persson, UU, 45:59.3; 9. Etienne Richard, UAA, 45:59.8; 10. Aku Ninkander, UNM, 46:12.7. Other CU Finishers: 15. Emil Johansson, 46:54.2; 18. Arnaud Du Pasquier, 48:21.5; 21. Andreas Hoye, 49:28.8.


Women’s Slalom (30 finishers)— 1. Kristiina Rova, UU, 1:19.54; 2. Karoline Myklebust, UNM, 1:20.89; 3. Brooke Wales, CU, 1:21.05; 4. Kristine Haugen, DU, 1:21.09; 5. Jessica Honkonen, CU, 1:21.34; 6. Ana Kobal, UU, 11:21.81; 7. Chloe Fausa, UU & Devin Delaney, DU, 1:21.85; 9. Thea Grosvold, CU, 1:21.88; 10. Mateja Robnik, UNM, 1:21.93. Other CU Finishers: 14. Shane McLean, 1:22.49; 23. Clare Wise, 1:23.72.  Did Not Finish (First Run): Katie Hostetler.

 Men’s Slalom (29 finishers)— 1. Mark Engel, UU, 1:14.75; 2. Joonas Rasanen, UNM, 1:15.32; 3. Espen Lysdahl, DU, 1:15.64; 4. Charlie Reynolds, DU, 1:16.06; 5. Taylor Shiffrin, DU, 1:16.31; 6. Joergen Brath, UU, 1:16.37; 7. Armin Triendl, UNM, 1:16.44; 8. Niko Harmanen, UAA, 1:16.49; 9. Ryan McConnell, MSU, 1:16.51; 10. Sean Horner, UNM, 1:16.52.  CU Finishers: 15. Andreas Haug, 1:17.12; 16. Kasper Hietanen, 1:17.28; 17. Henrik Gunnarsson, 1:17.38; 19. Cameron Smith, 1:17.49; 22. Fletcher McDonald, 1:17.56; 25. Adam Zika, 1:18.32.  Did Not Finish (First Run): Roger Carry.