Colorado freshman David Ketterer won the men’s slalom as part of the University of Alaska Anchorage Invitational late Friday, giving him his fourth slalom victory of the season and tying him for the most slalom race victories by any men’s alpine skier at CU.
After weather canceled the slalom races in the Seawolf Invitational on Thursday, Friday’s schedule saw four total slalom races go off on a busy day. It started by finishing the alpine portion of the Seawolf Invitational and ended with the men’s and women’s slalom races to open up the UAA Invitational.
The men’s alpine team had a big day, winning both of the slalom races with 93 points in the Seawolf Invitational and 83 in the UAA Invitational to squeak out a one-point win over New Mexico.
Sophomore Nora Christensen registered the first career podium finish, placing third in the Seawolf Invitational running of the women’s slalom to open Friday’s racing. She had been knocking on the door in the slalom, as she finished fourth twice and fifth the other time in her previous three slalom races this year, but finally cracked the top three Friday with her two-run time of 1:43.62.
That set up the stage for the men’s races, where the Buffs had three finish in the top seven in the morning.
Fresh off his first experience racing in a World Cup, doing so on Tuesday, Ketterer made the nearly 5,000-mile journey from Schladming, Austria, to the Alyeska Resort in Alaska where he joined the Buffs on Thursday. He finished second in the morning slalom race where was followed in fourth by Max Luukko and Ola Johansen not far behind in seventh.
Overall, CU climbed from sixth after day one to fourth with 274 team points in the standings of the Seawolf Invitational after the completion of the alpine events. The four remaining Nordic races in the Seawolf Invitational kick off on Feb. 7.
Later Friday afternoon the Buffs opened the UAA Invitational.
The women’s alpine had a tough go at it in the second slalom race, as only two Buffs finished — senior Katie Hostetler with her best showing this year in 16th place and freshman Megan McGrew who placed 22nd.
CU’s women’s team finished sixth overall in the UAA Invite slalom race.
On the men’s side, Luukko finished in fourth place once again in the afternoon race that Ketterer won. Roger Carrycame up big and finished 21st, earning the necessary points for the men’s team to slightly edge UNM by one.
Seawolf Invitational (4 of 8 events)
Team scores: 1. Montana State 333; 2. Utah 311; 3. Denver 283; 4. Colorado 274; 5. New Mexico 234; 6. Alaska Anchorage 190; 7. Colorado Mountain College 56; 8. Westminster 29
UAA Invitational (2 of 8 events)
1. New Mexico 168; 2. Denver 159; 3. Utah 148; 4. Montana State 134; 5. Colorado 114; Alaska Anchorage 106; 7. Colorado Mountain College 46