Senior Mikaela Tommy and junior Joey Young both took third place in their respective slalom races and the Colorado Ski Team slipped from first to second after the conclusion of the alpine events in the Spencer James Nelson Memorial Invitational here Thursday.
There is one more day of alpine racing at Eldora, but it’s not connected to the team scoring for CU’s annual invitational. Utah took the lead in the meet, finishing with 324 points through four events, just 12 ahead of the Buffs total of 312. Just behind the Buffs is Denver with 301.5. Those three separated from the rest of the field as Westminster sits in fourth with 242 points, some 82 points behind Utah.
The Buffs would’ve potentially been in the lead had it not been for the unfortunate occurrence of sophomore Stef Fleckenstein not finishing her second run. She had the fastest first run in the field and won the slalom race last weekend at Aspen.
Tommy’s podium appearance is the second of her career in slalom and eighth overall. Senior Andrea Arnold finished 10th, Emma Hammergaard 12th and Kaitlyn Harsch 14th to give the Buffs four in the top 15 on the women’s side.
In the men’s race, Young earned the second podium of his career, the other coming in a slalom victory last season, and it was a much needed solid result to keep him in the mix for good seeding in future races after he hiked twice in last week’s slalom race in Aspen. The story of the day on the men’s side was sophomore Max Bervy, who started the race seeded 52nd, moved his way up to 25th after the first run and then blazed his way down the second run with the fifth-fastest time to move up to 14th, his best career finish in either discipline.
TEAM—1. Utah 324; 2. Colorado 312; 3. Denver 301.5; 4. Westminster 242; 5. Alaska Anchorage 224; 6. Montana State 217.5; 7. Colorado Mountain 143. .
MEN’S SLALOM (27 collegiate finishers)—1. Joachim Lien, UU, 1:21.13; 2. Mikkel Solbakken, WMC, 1:21.99; 3. Joey Young, CU, 1:22.21; 4. Colby Lane, DU, 1:22.29; 5. Aage Solheim, MSU, 1:22.50; 6. Mikkel Wahl, WMC, 1:22.54; 7. Addison Dvoracek, UU, 1:23.31; 8. Tobias Kogler, DU, 1:23.46; 9. Tomas Birkner de Miguel, UU, 1:23.89; 10. Gustav Voello, UU, 1:24.20. Other CU Finishers: 12. Filip Forejtek, 1:24.35; 14. Max Bervy, 1:24.66; 15. Alex Birkner, 1:24.98; 22. Bobby Ryan, 1:29.49. Did Not Finish First Run: Teddy Takki.
WOMEN’S SLALOM (27 collegiate finishers)—1. Storm Klomhaus, DU, 1:27.73; 2. Roni Remme, UU, 1:28.34; 3. Mikaela Tommy, CU, 1:28.44; 4. Reece Bell, DU, 1:28.56; 5. Julia Toiviainen, WMC, 1:28.68; 6. Andrea Komsic, DU, 1:29.17; 7. Kaitlyn Vesterstein, UU, 1:29.25; 8. Rebecca Fiegl, UAA, 1:29.89; 9. Eirin Engeset, UU, 1:30.06; 10. Andrea Arnold, CU, 1:30.46. Other CU Finishers: 12. Emma Hammergaard, 1:30.80; 14. Kaitlyn Harsch, 1:31.23. Did Not Finish Second Run: Stef Fleckenstein, Olivia Gerrard.