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Mikaela Tommy wins third straight GS, Buffs lead Spencer James Nelson Memorial Invitational

ELDORA—Senior Mikaela Tommy won her third straight giant slalom race for the second straight season to power the Colorado Ski Team into the lead after the first day of its own Spencer James Nelson Memorial Invitational Wednesday.

Last season, Tommy also won the first three GS races in which she competed, becoming the first women’s alpine skier in CU history to win three straight GS races. CU’s single season record for GS wins is four and last year Tommy became the second skier to win more than one women’s GS race in a season. Her six career GS wins ranks tied for first in CU history and is tied for second for overall wins by a women’s alpine skier.

Sophomore Stef Fleckenstein continued her impressive start to the season, hitting the podium in third place, her third podium in four races this season and fourth top-five finish. On the men’s side, sophomore Filip Forejtek just missed the podium in fourth place while Joey Young finished eighth and Teddy Takki 11th.

The Buffs scored 165 combined points to open up a 12-point lead over Utah (153) with Montana State (146.5) and Denver (130.5) both in striking distance as just two of eight races in the meet are complete.

CU’s meet will continue with two more days of alpine racing in Eldora. Thursday’s slalom races will conclude the alpine portion of the team standings for the Spencer Nelson Invitational and Friday’s slalom races will be an RMISA Qualifier. The Nordic teams will then get their respective seasons underway Saturday and Sunday in Steamboat Springs to close out the eighth annual running of the meet.

Tommy sat in second place after the first run but then blazed her way to the fastest time in the field on the second run to win the race by four-tenths of a second. Fleckenstein was fourth after the first run and then moved up onto the podium by also having the fourth-fastest second run. Senior Andrea Arnold finished 14th and sophomore Katilyn Harsch 16th as the other two finishers. Sophomore Olivia Gerrard and freshman Emma Hammergaard both didn’t finish the first run, which wasn’t unique as almost one-third of the field skied out in the first run.

Forejtek had his best race of the season and third career top five finish in fourth place as he was just 22-hundredths of a second off the podium and less than a second behind race winner Addison Dvoracek from Utah. Young’s eighth place is the 15th top 10 of his career and third in three GS races this season. Takki missed out on a top 10 by 15-hundredths of a second as he improved his seeding and qualification points with his second-best finish of the season. Freshman Alex Birkner finished 19th and sophomore Bobby Ryan took 24th while Max Bervy didn’t finish the first run.

TEAM — 1. Colorado 165; 2. Utah 153; 3. Montana State 146.5; 4. Denver 130.5; 5. Alaska Anchorage 115; 6. Westminster College 99; 7. Colorado Mountain 68.

MEN’S GIANT SLALOM (26 collegiate finishers) — 1. Addison Dvoracek, UU, 1:51.50; 2. Joachim Lien, UU, 1:52.08; 3. Aage Solheim, MSU, 1:52.17; 4. Filip Forejtek, CU, 1:52.39; 5. Tobias Kogler, DU, 1:52.54; 6. Mikkel Wahl, WMC, 1:52.85; 7. Didrik Nilsen, UAA, 1:52.88; 8. Joey Young, CU, 1:53.05; 9. Fredrik Maurstad, UU, 1:53.28; 10. Louis Muhlen-Schulte, MSU, 1:53.64. Other CU Finishers: 11. Teddy Takki, 1:53.89; 19. Alex Birkner, 1:54.62; 24. Bobby Ryan, 1:55.28. Did Not Finish First Run: Max Bervy.

WOMEN’S GIANT SLALOM (23 collegiate finishers) — 1. Mikaela Tommy, CU, 1:54.26; 2. Nellie Talbot, MSU, 1:54.66; 3. Stef Fleckenstein, CU, 1:54.78; 4. Sona Moravcikova, UU, 1:54.83; 5. Storm Klomhaus, DU, 1:55.19; 6. Andrea Komsic, DU, 1:55.54; 7. Cecily Decker, MSU, 1:55.74; 8. Kathryn Parker, UU, 1:55.87; 9. Henriette Resen, WMC, 1:56.55; 10. Julia Toiviainen, WMC, 1:56.74. Other CU Finishers: 14. Andrea Arnold, 1:57.65; 16. Kaitlyn Harsch, 1:57.65. Did Not Finish First Run: Olivia Gerrard, Emma Hammergaard.