The Colorado men’s and women’s Nordic teams put a cap on the Denver Invitational by winning both 5/10K classic races on Sunday at Maloit Park Trails, giving CU the meet victory as well as the 2018 RMISA regular season title.
For Colorado, it has now won six RMISA regular season titles in the last 13 years, the most of any school. CU won the 2018 regular season championships with 2,423 points, a 130½-point margin of victory over second place Denver.
“Considering the fact that throughout the season we were never in full number and strength due to Olympic preparation and World Cups, all kind of outside competition, it is an accomplishment,” head coach Richard Rokos said of the Buffs winning the regular season title. “It is good to see the depth in the team and especially on the women’s Nordic side, they have a really, really strong team. That is all very encouraging for upcoming regionals and nationals.”
Thanks to the strong Nordic performances, CU was able to win the DU Invite with 657 points, a 66½-point cushion over Denver who finished second.
Colorado won all four Nordic races at the DU Invite and was led by freshman Alvar Alev, who won the two on the men’s side.
The women’s team again dominated the top of the leaderboard with three Buffs finishing in the top six and a fourth in ninth place. After tying for the freestyle race win on Saturday, the CU women won Sunday’s classic race by four points.
Capping off a dominating regular season for the women’s Nordic team where it won 6-of-8 races during the regular season, including Sunday’s classic that was the second of the two races.
The race victory came with 92 points on the backing of Anne Siri Lervik finishing in third, Hedda Baangman in fourth and Christina Rolandsen in sixth. That allowed the Buffs to edge Utah by four points, as the Utes had the race winner in Guro Jordhiem as well as the 12th and 13th place finishers.
Alev’s win in the 10K classic made him the first CU men’s Nordic skier to sweep both races in a meet since Mads Stroem, now an assistant coach for DU, did so in three different meets in 2016.
Junior Petter Reistad finished in third and Andrew Potyk was 19th. The Buffs scored 89 points in the men’s race thanks to taking two of the three spots on the podium and won the race with 88 points, a 12-poinnt margin of victory over Montana State.