The Colorado women’s Nordic team cleaned up in the 15K classic race, finishing with four in the top seven and CU had two overall event winners in a dominating day at Bohart Ranch that saw the Buffs win the Montana State Invitational.
Colorado has now won the first two meets to open the ski season. Sunday, the Buffs capped off the Montana State Invitational with a 66.5-point victory over second place Utah while on Saturday CU’s alpine teams finished off the Utah Invitational with 610 points to hold off Denver by nine points.
CU had event winners on both the men’s and women’s Nordic teams Sunday, as well as well as a win in the slalom race at the NCAA qualifier being held at Snowbasin, Utah. Petra Hyncicova won the women’s 15K classical, her third win in four races this winter and sophomore Petter Reistad won the 20K men’s classical to pick up his first career race win. In the men’s slalom, Ketterer took first place yet again and now has won all three slalom races to open his CU career.
The women’s Nordic team has especially been on fire. On Saturday in the 5K freestyle race, CU placed three in the top six with Hyncicova winning it and Ane Johnsen coming in second. The Buffs topped that Sunday with four in the top seven in the 15K classic.
Along with Hyncicova winning by a 18.4-second margin, Johnsen finished third, senior Jesse Knori came in sixth and freshman Anne Siri Lervik seventh. The women’s Nordic team altogether won the women’s 15K classic race with 101 points, 34-points higher than second-place Utah.
On the men’s Nordic side, Reistad pulled away from the field for a 26.2-second margin of victory for his first collegiate win. He has now finished on the podium in 3-of-4 races, a hot start to his sophomore season.
The alpine teams were also racing on Sunday in the RMISA slalom qualifier at Snowbasin, Utah, where no team scoring is kept.
Ketterer’s third-straight slalom race victory has him within one slalom win of tying the school record for the most in a season for the event. John Skajem won four slalom races in both the 1986 and 1987 seasons and now Ketterer is one off from tying his school mark.
Behind Ketterer was Max Luukko finishing in fourth and Bobby Moyer in 13th. Moyer, as he did yesterday in the slalom race that closed out the Utah Invitational, had the second-fastest run in the entire field on run two Sunday.
On the women’s side, CU had two in the top 10 with Nora Christensen finishing fourth and Tonje Trulsrud ninth.
Montana State Invitational
Team Scores — 1. Colorado 670; 2. Utah 603.5; 3. Denver 602; 4. New Mexico 440; 5. Montana State 436.5; 6. Alaska Anchorage 350; 7. Westminster 246; 8. Alaska Fairbanks 236; 9. Wyoming 114; 10. Colorado Mountain 33.
Women’s 15K Classical Team Scores — 1. Colorado 101; Utah 67; 3. Denver 64; T-4. Alaska Anchorage 58; T-4. Alaska Fairbanks 58; 6. New Mexico 47; 7. Montana State 43; 8. Wyoming 25.
Men’s 20K Classical Team Scores — 1. Utah 88; 2. Denver 86; 3. Alaska Fairbanks 70; 4. Colorado 65; 5. Montana State 59; 6. Alaska Anchorage 43; 7. Wyoming 33; 8. Montana State 19
NCAA Men’s Slalom Qualifier (CU Finishers) — 1. David Ketterer, CU, 1:48.31; 4. Max Luukko, CU, 1:49.60; 13. Bobby Moyer 1:51.11; 25. Roger Carry 1:54.97.
NCAA Women’s Slalom Qualifier (CU Finishers) — 4. Nora Christensen 2:03.18; 9. Tonje Trulsrud, CU, 2:03.65; 19. Katie Hostetler 2:13.76; Megan McGrew DNF2