Feb. 21, 2016
The University of Denver ski team showed another strong performance at the University of New Mexico Invitational in Red River, N.M. this past weekend. Denver finished third overall as a team with 595 points. The Alpine team placed second overall with 312 points, while the Nordic team finished third overall with 283 points.
"Our performance at Red River this past weekend was a little disappointing," head alpine coach Andy LeRoy said. "We have had great training and we are truly skiing well, but it did not translate into results on that hill. I am confident our team will rebound quickly though. They have been hungry for a real challenge and competing on the Birds of Prey World Cup track this Friday and Saturday could not come at a better time. It is just the motivation we need before the NCAA Championships begin in two weeks."
The Alpine team began the first day of competition on Saturday with the men's and women's slalom. Alex Leever (Vail, Colo.) finished seventh overall with a time of 1:40.28, while sophomore Erik Read (Calgary, Alberta) was close behind in ninth place (1:40.43). Other notable finishes in the men's race included Sebastian Brigovic (Rijeka, Croatia) in 10th place, Taylor Shiffrin (Avon, Colo.) in 14th place and Max Marno (Centennial, Wyo.) in 23rd.
The women's race also saw strong performances from Kristine Haugen (Lommedalen, Norway) who finished fifth overall with a time of 1:36.09, Monica Huebner (Garmisch-Partenkrichen, Germany) who finished in seventh place, Natalie Knowles (Toronto, Ontario) in 23rd and Eliza Rolfs (Nashotah, Wisc.) in 25th place.
On Sunday, Tuva Norbye (Oslo, Norway) earned a podium finish in the women's slalom, finishing second overall with a time of 1:40.78. Haugen placed fourth overall, while Huebner finished eighth and Knowles earned a 21st place finish.
Leever showed another dominant performance for the men in Sunday's slalom as he finished fourth overall with a time of 1:37.09. Other noteworthy finishes in the men's race included Shiffrin (fifth), Read in sixth place and Marno in 11th place overall.
The Nordic team also found success on the second day of racing as sophomore Linn Eriksen (Oslo, Norway) won the women's 5K freestyle race with a time of 15:43.6. Taeler McCrerey (Frisco, Colo.) finished fifth overall, while Aja Starkey (Bozeman, Mont.) finished in eighth place and Selma Ahlsand (Oslo, Norway) placed 25th overall.
On the men's side, Dag Frode Trolleboe (Oslo, Norway) placed 15th in the men's 5K freestyle race with a time of 14:28.7, while teammate Christian Shanley (Edwards, Colo.) finished 25th with a time of 15:09.1.
"The women killed it again today, with Linn taking another convincing win to sweep the weekend's races and Taeler and Aja both following up their best-ever results yesterday with more top-10 performances," head nordic coach Dave Stewart said after the race. "The guys had an off day and were outside a tightly packed field in the 5km. We are looking forward to hosting the RMISA championships in Vail/Minturn next weekend."