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Nora Christensen (women’s slalom) and Hedda Baangman (women’s 5K classical) won their races, the first victories in the careers of both skiers, and the Colorado ski team had five total podium finishes as both the alpine and Nordic teams were in action Saturday.

The Nordic teams were racing classical at the Rendezvous Ski Trails in West Yellowstone where the women’s team won the 5K race by a 35-point margin and the men’s team finished second in the 10K, 12 points behind the Utah Utes. Overall in the Montana State Invitational after 6-of-8 events, Colorado leads by a 65½-point margin over second place Utah heading into the final day on Sunday.

On the alpine side, the Buffs wrapped up their portion of the Utah Invitational running at Snowbasin Resort. Behind Christensen’s big victory, CU’s women’s team held off Montana State for a one-point win while the men’s team, led by Ola Johansen’s second-place finish, placed second overall with 75 points. Colorado moved up from fourth place into third with 273 points after 4-of-8 events in the Utah Invite. Denver leads the meet with 329 points and Montana State is second with 295½.

“It’s great to see it,” head coach Richard Rokos said of the success from both teams early in the season, pointing out that it was especially good to see because the Buffs do not have their entire roster competing right now. “Our Nordic team should wrap it up pretty easy tomorrow I assume and we’ll see what they can do with the Utah meet. On alpine, we are kind of pulling things together. It is a good phenomenon.”

CU’s strong women’s Nordic team had a dominate day, one where the Buffs had the first, second, fifth and seventh-place finishers. It came down to the wire between Baangman and Petra Hyncicova for the victory, with Baangman edging Hyncicova by just four-tenths of a second.

The Buffs were led by junior Petter Reistad and freshman Sondre Bollum, who finished third and fourth, respectively. The podium finish for Reistad was the ninth of his career while for Bollum, his result came in his first collegiate race.

The women’s team won the slalom race for the second straight meet, beating out Montana State by one point, 82-81, for the victory. Along with Christensen’s victory, Tonje Trulsrud scored 22 points by finishing ninth and Isabella Fidjeland scored 20 points with her 11th place finish.

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