Tommy wins giant slalom, Buffs in three-way battle for RMISA Championship

Senior Mikaela Tommy won the women’s GS race and six skiers earned top five finishes for the Colorado Ski Team, which sits third but just 6.5 points out of first at the midpoint of the 2020 RMISA Championships, held here Friday at Crosscut Mountain and Bridger Bowl.

Tommy was joined by sophomore Stef Fleckenstein on the podium for the women’s GS race with her third-place finish while sophomore Filip Forejtek matched that third-place performance in the men’s GS race. Junior Sondre Bollum had his career-best finish of second in the men’s 10K freestyle race while freshman Anna-Maria Dietze (fourth) and sophomore Ezra Smith (fifth) earned top-five finishes in the women’s 5K freestyle race.

The women’s alpine team won the race with 93 points, both Nordic teams scored 80 points and the men’s alpine team scored 69.5 points as the Buffs finished the day with 322.5. The Buffs sit third but are just a half-point behind Denver (323) and just 6.5 points back of Utah (329). That’s significant because the Utes have been setting records for margin of victory throughout the regular season. Behind the Buffs in fourth place is Montana State with 247 points.

“It’s one of those days where we shouldn’t even get out of bed because there’s no difference between the beginning and end of the day with only 6.5 points gapping the top three teams,” CU coach Richard Rokos said. “It looks like our key people are fairly solid and staying in the top five or top 10 across the board and that’s very good before NCAAs.”

Tommy’s win gives her five on the season and eight for her career, all in GS. She’s won five of six GS races on the season and eight of the 12 she’s competed in for her career. She had the fastest first run by 13-hundredths over DU’s Storm Klomhaus and then held Klmohaus off, winning by just four-hundredths of a second. Klomhaus beat Tommy in Friday’s qualifier race, the only time Tommy didn’t win this season. With her fifth win, she becomes the first women’s alpine skier to win five GS races in one season and matches the single-season CU record for wins within one discipline, matching Lucie Zikova, who won five slalom races in both 2006 and ’08. She already holds the record for both season and career GS wins.

“Mikaela’s performance, I don’t know if it’s precedented in our history,” Rokos said. “It’s so outstanding it’s scary. It’s become a good competition between Mikaela and Storm, they’re alike in many ways.”

Tommy is the 10th women’s alpine skier to win the women’s GS RMISA Individual Championship, but the first since 2009. It’s also CU’s 124th all-time individual RMISA championship, the 40th for women’s skiers, the 56th on the alpine side and 22nd in giant slalom between both genders.

Fleckenstein’s podium is her sixth of the season including fourth in GS races. She now has nine top-five finishes on the season. Saturday’s race went similar to Friday’s qualifier. On Friday, she had the sixth-fastest first run and then used the fastest second run to move up onto the podium. Saturday, she was again in sixth place after the first run and then had the second-fastest second run, and fastest in the top seven of the field, to again move up onto the podium.

Junior Isabelle Fiejeland was the Buffs’ third scorer in 14th place in just her second race of the season and second in the last two years.

Forejtek continued his end of season surge with his third podium appearance of the season, all coming in the last five races. He initially finished second in Friday’s GS race only to be disqualified late in the run. He was the only men’s skier in the top 10 for the Buffs with Joey Young finishing 12th and Teddy Takki 15th as the team scorers for the Buffs.

Bollum earned his first career podium and betters his previous best freestyle result of sixth back in 2018 at the New Mexico Invitational. It’s his first top-five finish since this same race at last year’s RMISA Championships when he took fifth place. He was in the lead at the 5K mark, having the fastest first lap in the field. He held on for the sixth-fastest second lap to finish second.

CU’s two newcomers on the men’s Nordic side, senior Ryan Jackson finished ninth and Magnus Boee took 10th. It’s Jackson’s fourth top 10 of the season and Boee’s eighth in nine races.

Anna-Maria Dietze led the women’s Nordic team with her fourth-place finish, continuing her solid skiing of late. She has three straight top-four finishes and four top 10 finishes, all in the last five races. Ezra Smith too fifth place, her best career freestyle finish and second career top-five finish. Senior Anne Siri Lervik finished 12th as the third scorer for the team and junior Hedda Baangman finished 14th.

TEAM STANDINGS (Through 4 of 8 races): 1. Utah 329; 2. Denver 323; 3. Colorado 322.5; 4. Montana State 247; 5. Alaska Anchorage 226; 6. Westminster 146.5; 7. Alaska Fairbanks 88; 8. Colorado Mountain 47.

WOMEN’S 5K FREESTYLE (30 collegiate finishers)—1. Eveliina Piippo, DU, 12:53.3; 2. Guro Jordheim, UU, 13:14.6; 3. Leah Lange, UU, 13:22.2; 4. Anna-Maria Dietze, CU, 13:27.8; 5. Ezra Smith, CU, 13:29.2; 6. Emma Tarbath, MSU, 13:33.6; 7. Mariah Bredal, UU, 13:39.5; 8. Karianne Moe, UU, 13:41.3; 9. Anna Darnell, UAA, 13:44.1; 10. Natalie Hynes, UAA, 13:48.0. Other CU Finishers: 12. Anne Siri Lervik, 13:52.4; 15. Hedda Baangman, 13:57.6; 21. Quinn Lehmkuhl, 14:48.1; 27. Bridget Donovan, 15:12.2.

MEN’S 10K FREESTYLE (29 collegiate finishers)—1. Bernhard Flaschberger, DU, 24:21.0; 2. Sondre Bollum, CU, 24:43.8; 3. Ola Jordheim, UU, 24:54.1; 4. Maximilian Bie, UU, 24:55.2; 5. Sigurd Roenning, 25:02.6; 6. Bjorn Riksaasen, UU, 25:07.6; 7. Borgar Norrud, DU, 25:15.6; 8. Espen Persen, UAA, 25:18.7; 9. Ryan Jackson, CU, 25:22.3; 10. Magnus Boee, CU, 25:27.8. Other CU Finishers: 23. Wyatt Gebhardt, 26:52.1; 29. Tyler Terranova, 28:16.0.

WOMEN’S GIANT SLALOM (31 collegiate finishers)—1. Mikaela Tommy, CU, 1:55.62; 2. Storm Klomhaus, DU, 1:55.66; 3. Stef Fleckenstein, CU, 1:56.84; 4. Julia Toiviainen, WMC, 1:57.09; 5. Amelia Smart, DU, 1:57.33; 6. Nellie Talbot, MSU, 1:57.34; 7. Andrea Komsic, DU, 1:57.43; 8. Lana Zbasnik, WMC, 1:57.58; 9. Henriette Resen, WMC, 1:57.67; 10. Kathryn Parker, UU, 1:57.71. Other CU Finishers: 14. Isabelle Fidjeland, 1:59.16; 17. Andrea Arnold, 1:59.38; 21. Olivia Gerrard, 2:00.14; 22. Emma Hammergaard, 2:00.39; 27. Kaitlyn Harsch, 2:01.29.

MEN’S GIANT SLALOM (35 collegiate finishers)—1. Joachim Lein, UU, 1:52.93; 2. Tobias Kogler, DU, 1:53.45; 3. Filip Forejtek, CU, 1:53.69; 4. Riley Seger, MSU, 1:53.93; 5. Alexandre Coltier, WMC, 1:54.24; 6. Gustav Voello, UU, 1:54.50; 7. Louis Muhlen-Schulte, MSU, 1:54.55; 8. Aage Solheim, MSU, 1:54.62; 9. Joachim Mjelde, WMC, 1:54.64; 10. Jett Seymour, DU, 1:54.66. Other CU Finishers: t-11. Joey Young, 1:54.87; 15. Teddy Takki, 1:53.33; 24. Bobby Ryan, 1:56.10; 31. Alex Birkner, 1:59.86; 34. Max Bervy, 2:00.91.