STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. — The Colorado ski team had three podium finishes on Sunday in the final day of the RMISA Championships/NCAA Western Regional that saw the Denver Pioneers pull away to take the team title by a 91½-point margin of victory over the second place Buffaloes.
It is Denver’s first RMISA Championship title since 2007, its fifth overall in the coed era, and its 710½-points scored being the second-highest total in any meet since the current 40-point scoring base was adapted in 2014.
The Buffs ended the championship that it hosted at Mt. Werner and Howelsen Hill with 619 points and has now finished first or second at the regionals in 13 consecutive seasons.
Women’s 15k freestyle race
The Buffaloes finished second as a team in Sunday’s skate, which was the second of the two Nordic races at Howelsen Hill and the SSWSC Nordic Race Stadium. Colorado got there with its three scorers all finishing eighth or better.
Sophomore Anne Siri Lervik repeated off her podium performance from Saturday in the 5K classic race and hit the podium again on Sunday. She finished third in the 15K freestyle and now has hit the podium in each of her last three races and four times overall on the season.
Junior Christina Rolandsen, who has been very consistent and reliable all winter, placed seventh and right behind her was senior Ane Johnsen in eighth.
Rolandsen has finished eighth or better in all 11 races she has competed in this winter, while Johnsen has finished in the top 10 in six consecutive races to close out her career as a Buff.
Men’s 20k freestyle race
Colorado also finished second in the men’s race and just like the women, the men placed its three scorers in the top eight.
Those three – Alvar Alev, Sondre Bollum and Petter Reistad – secured 88 points for the Buffs.
Alev got on the podium with a third place finish. He was in a sprint to the finish line with Denver’s Eivind Kvalle and Utah’s Hakon Hjelstuen, but was positioned out by the other two and came in third.
Reistad finished fourth, 13 seconds back of the lead group and Bollum placed eighth.
In his final race for the Buffs, senior Ian Boucher finished his race in a time of 1:10:49.5.
Women’s giant slalom
Junior Tonje Trulsrud led the Buffs, who as a team finished third in the women’s race at Mt. Werner with 74 points. Trulsrud placed second, matching her best giant slalom finish of the season.
Nora Christensen scored 23 points by finishing in eighth – by far her best GS finish of the season – and Isabella Fidjeland was 18th.
Men’s giant slalom
Colorado scored 68 points on the men’s side, ranking fourth among the schools on Sunday.
Ola Johansen was CU’s top finisher, placing fifth. Behind him was David Ketterer in a tie for ninth and Max Luukko in a tie for 13th.
Sophomore Anne Siri Lervik now has five podium finishes in her career and three of those have come in the RMISA Championships. Last winter she finished third in the 5K classic race held in Minturn, Colo. and was CU’s top scorer overall on the women’s side last season (she finished fourth in the 15K freestyle in 2017).
With her two third-place finishes this year in Steamboat, she becomes the first women’s Nordic skier to hit the podium in both races since 2013 – a year that saw the Buffs sweep the podium in both races.
CU Invitational/Spencer Nelson Memorial
As Colorado is the host of the 69th annual RMISA Championships, the meet also serves as the CU’s Invitational/Spencer James Nelson Memorial. It is in honor of the former Buffalo skier who lost his life just prior to his sophomore season at CU in August 2011.
Colorado will host the NCAA Championships back in Steamboat Springs, March 7-10. The selection announcement for the NCAA Championships will take place on Monday at 4 p.m., on www.ncaa.com.