Pioneers Take Second at New Mexico Invitational

Feb. 4, 2018

Results CRESTED BUTTE, Colo./ Red River, N.M. ââ'¬" The University of Denver ski team kept it close, but just couldn't pull it out, taking second at the New Mexico Invitational on Sunday. The Pioneers finished 6.5 points behind in-state rival Colorado.

Three skiers from DU, two from Alpine and one from Nordic scored second-place finishes. On the Alpine side, Amelia Smart and Tobias Kogler led the way with times of 1:34.21 and 1:29.22 respectively. Dag Frode Trolleboe took second for Nordic, racing for 13:00.2 and 37 points in the 5-km classical.

"It was a change of pace with a 5km for both men and women today, but I think it's good to have more variation in race formats through the season," said Nordic coach Dave Stewart. "We had some personal bests from Borgar and Nick, plus Daggi was on the podium in second. It's good to get a weekend of high altitude training and racing to prepare for the races ahead."

Despite taking second overall, the Alpine squad brought home the Alpine crown with 341 points, 182 of which came from today. Nordic scored third among Nordic team with 304.5 points, scoring 141.5 on Sunday.

Racing in Red River, N.M., the Crimson and Gold also scored third-place in both men's and women's slalom. Both skiers, Alex Leever and Andrea Komsic chalked up 34 points, while Leever skied for 1:29.26 and Komsic raced for 1:35.01.

Tuva Norbye placed eighth with a run of 1:36.08, as the junior scored 23 points.

Rounding out the Alpine skiers were Tanner Farrow and Nick Santaniello who took 14th and 30th respectively. Farrow earned a time of 1:30.71, while Santaniello earned a mark of 1:43.66.

A little closer to home, the Nordic team battled in Crested Butte, Colo. DU's Linn Eriksen took fifth on the women's side, with a mark of 15:52.1 in the 5-km classical.

A pair of Pioneers took 12th in both Nordic events, Borgar Norrud and Taeler McCrerey, as the duo scored 13:34.2 and 16:12.8.

Kristine Karrsrud and Aja Starkey completed the day on the women's side, earning 14th and 15th. Karrsrud's clocked a 17:07.0 while Starkey finished right behind with a 17:12.1.

Tying for 14th was Eivind Kvaale. The Hoydalsmo, Norway native finished with a 13:48.3, beating out teammate Nick Sweeney who took 16th.

Finally, Simon Zink rounded out the Pioneers in 30th on the men's side. The sophomore etched 12 points with a time of 15:03.2.

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