Colorado’s Nordic teams came together and had the fastest mixed gender relay team Wednesday at the Girdwood Nordic Race Trails to conclude the Seawolf Invitational in Anchorage, Alaska.
Running in the first mixed gender relay in roughly 30 years, CU put together its top Nordic racers and came away with the win in the 4x5K event that was new to the student-athletes.
“I was hoping we could do that, but you never know. It was nice to pull that one off,” head Nordic coach Bruce Cranmer said, noting that the team won by an eyeball guess of 30 seconds (official times were not immediately available).
“It was a fun course, really tough course with good conditions and they enjoyed it,” he added. “Being the top college team was nice, too.”
Mads Stroem opened up the first leg, was followed by Jesse Knori and then Petter Reistad and Christina Rolandsen closed it out for the Buffs ahead of Utah’s top team that finished second behind them.
CU’s second scoring team — only two team scores counted towards the winning overall total – placed 13th. That team consisted of Ian Boucher, Anne Siri Lervik, Max Scrimgeour and Lucy Newman.
In Wednesday’s field, Colorado’s two teams combined for 144 points and came in second overall behind Utah, whose two teams finished second and seventh to edge the Buffs with 155 points.
Colorado concludes the Seawolf Invite in third place with 549 points. Denver was second with 569 and the Utes won it with 665 points.