-Freshman Anna-Maria Dietze had the best finish of her career, but she was one of the only bright spots for the Colorado Ski Team, which struggled its way to fifth place after the first day of action in the Utah Invitational here Friday at Soldier Hollow.
Dietze finished fourth and she and junior Hedda Baangman, who finished 10th, were the only top 10 finishers in either the women’s 5K or men’s 10K races for the Buffs. The women’s team scored 70 points, which put them in a three way tie for second in that race, but the Buffs sit in fifth place with 120.5 points. Utah led the way with 190 points, followed by Alaska Anchorage (161), Denver (148.5), and Montana State (122) ahead of the Buffs and Alaska Fairbanks (100) and Wyoming (66) behind.
Dietze earned her second top 10 of the season, the other coming last week in Aspen, also a 5K freestyle race. She was less than 15 seconds off the podium and just 21 seconds behind second place. Baangman’s finish keeps her streak alive of top 10 finishes, which have now happenedi n all seven races this season.
Senior Anne Siri Lervik, who missed the races in Aspen last week, is still recovering from being ill and still isn’t 100 percent and she finished 17th as the Buffs third scorer. Prior to Aspen, she hadn’t finished lower than fourth in the first four races of the season. Quinn Lehmkuhl finished 23rd, Ezra Smith 25th and Bridget Donovan 27th for the Buffs.
On the men’s side, Sondre Bollum was the Buffs’ top finisher in 16th place while Andrew Potyk tied for 19th and Ryan Jackson, who also didn’t ski last week in Aspen, took 22nd. Wyatt Gebhardt finished 25th, Magnus Boee 30th and Tyler Terranova 33rd.
The Buffs have a quick turn-around and will participate in the 10K classic races Saturday to close out the Nordic portion of the Utah Invitational. Alpine teams will return to college racing for the first time in six weeks next week to close out the Utah Invitational and then the regular season will be complete and teams will turn focus to Bozeman, Mont., where Montana State will host both the RMISA Championships and NCAA Championships.
TEAM STANDINGS (Through 2 of 8 Races): 1. Utah 190; 2. Alaska Anchorage 161; 3. Denver 148.5; 4. Montana State 122; 5. Colorado 120.5; 6. Alaska Fairbanks 100; 7. Wyoming 66.
WOMEN’S 5K FREESTYLE (35 collegiate finishers)—1. Eveliina Piippo, DU, 12:51.6; 2. Guro Jordheim, UU, 13:17.4; 3. Mariah Bredal, UU, 13:24.9; 4. Anna-Maria Dietze, CU, 13:38.4; 5. Natalie Hynes, UAA, 13:39.1; 6. Karianne Moe, UU, 13:40.7; 7. Mariel Pulles, UAF ,13:46.7; 8. Julia Richter, UU, 13:48.5; 9. Emma Tarbath, MSU, 13:53.8; 10. Hedda Baangman, 14:03.0. Other CU Finishers: 17. Anne Siri Lervik, 14:25.4; 23. Quinn Lehmkuhl, 14:39.5; 25. Ezra Smith, 14:49.4; 27. Bridget Donovan, 15:11.1.
MEN’S 10K FREESTYLE (38 collegiate finishers)—1. Sigurd Roenning, UAA, 20:23.3; 2 .Bernhard Flaschberger, DU, 20:33.6; 3. Samuel Hendry, UU, 20:38.9; 4. Luke Jager, UU, 20:48.8; 5. Espen Persen, UAA, 20:58.1; 6. Maximilian Bie, UU, 21:02.2; 7. Logan Diekmann, UU, 21:08.5; 8. Simon Zink, DU, 21:14.5; 9. Bjorn Riksaasen, UU, 21:16.0; 10. Zanden McMullen, MSU, 21:22.5. CU Finishers: 16. Sondre Bollum, 21:53.4; 19. Andrew Potyk, 22:00.0; 22. Ryan Jackson, 22:19.1; 25. Wyatt Gebhardt, 22:32.7; 30. Magnus Boee, 22:58.1; 33. Tyler Terranova, 23:56.1.