Freshman Anna-Maria Dietze continued her steady improvement, finishing second and helping the Colorado Ski Team move up to fourth after the conclusion of the Nordic events at the Utah Invitational here Saturday at Soldier Hollow.
Dietze’s improvement wasn’t the only good sign for the Buffs in the 10K classic races. The women’s team scored 79 points to finish second in the race, bettering its score of 70 from Friday, and the men’s team improved from 50.5 to 66 points. After it all settled out, the Buffs passed Montana State for fourth and closed the gap on Denver for third place. Host Utah (387) still leads while Alaska Anchorage (317) sits second. Denver’s just 17 points ahead of the Buffs for third place, 282.5-265.5 while Montana State (237) rounds out the top five.
Dietze hit the podium for the first time in her career and she’s the second women’s Nordic skier to hit the podium this season behind senior Anne Siri Lervik’s three podium finishes, and she’s the sixth skier on the team to earn a podium so far in 2020.
Behind Dietze was junior Hedda Baangman, who finished 10th and has finished in the top 10 in all eight races this season. Lervik was the Buffs third scorer in 14th place as she continues to get back to form after falling ill. She opened the season on a tear with four top-four finishes to open the season.
In the men’s race, Magnus Boee, who had finished in the top two in five straight races before finishing 30th on Friday, rebounded to earn his seventh top 10 of the season while both Sondre Bollum (11th) and Ryan Jackson (12th) barely missed the top 10 to round out the team scorers for the Buffs.
The RMISA alpine teams will now take center stage next weekend to close out the Utah Invitational. After opening the season with six race in a span of nine days, the alpine teams haven’t skied in a college race in almost six weeks. By the end of next weekend, the regular season will be completed and teams will shift focus to Bozeman, Mont., where Montana State will host both RMISA Championships (Feb. 27-29) and NCAA Championships (March 11-14).
TEAM STANDINGS (Through 4 of 8 Races): 1. Utah 387; 2. Alaska Anchorage 317; 3. Denver 282.5; 4. Colorado 265.5; 5. Montana State 237; 6. Alaska Fairbanks 192; 7. Wyoming 132.
WOMEN’S 10K CLASSIC (34 collegiate finishers)—1. Guro Jordheim, UU, 27:15.9; 2. Anna-Maria Dietze, CU, 27:24.3; 3. Julia Richter, UU, 27:28.5; 4. Eveliina Piippo, DU, 27:28.5; 5. Vera Norli, DU, 27:34.0; 6. Mariah Bredal, UU, 27:36.0; 7. Natalie Hynes, UAA, 27:37.0; 8. Karianne Moe, 27:40.1; 9. Leah Lang, UU, 27:40.5; 10. Hedda Baangman, CU, 27:41.0. Other CU Finishers: 14. Anne Siri Lervik, 28:25.6; 23. Ezra Smith, 29:37.0; 24. Quinn Lehmkuhl, 30:05.4. Did Not Start: Bridget Donovan.
MEN’S 10K FREESTYLE (37 collegiate finishers)—1. Maximillan Bie, UU, 23:27.7; 2. Sigurd Roenning, UAA, 23:28.5; 3. Espen Persen, UAA, 23:31.4; 4. J.C. Schoonmaker, UAA, 23:34.3; 5. Luke Jager, UU, 23:35.7; 6. Samuel Hendry, UU, 23:38.7; 7. Ola Jordheim, UU, 23:40.1; 8. Magnus Boee, CU, 23:49.0; 9. Ole Marius Kirkeng, DU, 23:51.1; 10. Bernhard Flaschberger, DU, 23:53.1. Other CU Finishers: 11. Sondre Bollum, 23:59.6; 12. Ryan Jackson, 24:09.1; 17. Andrew Potyk, 24:33.4; 29. Wyatt Gebhardt, 25:53.7; 31. Tyler Terranova, 26:29.6.