CU Buffs’ Jesse Knori picks up first career victory in 5K Classic

The Colorado women’s Nordic team placed three skiers in the top 10 of Saturday’s 5K classic race at Kincaid Park in Anchorage, Alaska, highlighting the day where the Buffs moved from fifth to third place in the standings of the UAA Invitational.

Senior Jesse Knori earned her first career race victory, while Christina Rolandsen finished right behind for her second podium finish of the season. Finishing in 10th place, the best finish of her freshman season, was Anne Siri Lervik.

The Buffaloes won the 5K classical with 100 points, 27 ahead of Alaska Anchorage in second.

On the men’s side, sophomore Petter Reistad earned his fourth podium finish of the season by taking third in the 10K classic. He helped lead the CU men to 66 points, finishing third out of seven teams.

Colorado moved up the leaderboard at the UAA Invitational with Saturday’s performances. Coming into the day CU stood in fifth place and was 69 points off first place, but now sits in third and 62 points back of Utah in first.

Colorado senior Mads Stroem placed 16th in the men’s 10K, and Andrew Potyk came in 18th, the best finish of his freshman season. Max Scrimgeour matched his top finish of the season, as he placed 22nd Saturday.

The Buffs wrap up a week of competition in Alaska on Sunday with the final race of the UAA Invitational, the 15/20K freestyle.