BOULDER - CU skiers Eliska Hajkova (senior) and Rune Oedegaard (sophomore) are recognized for their athletic accomplishments for the week of Feb. 6 - Feb. 12.
Hajkova continued her outstanding season this past week in Alaska, winning two races and placing second in a third race. Beginning the week by taking second in the freestyle race at the UAA Invitational, the Jablonec, Czech Republic (Gymnasium Vseobecne/Masaryko) native went on to sweep the races as part of the Seawolf Invitational. This marks the second time in her career that she has swept races in an Invitational, joining last season’s RMISA Championships. Hajkova is the first CU women’s Nordic skier to accomplish the feat twice since Maria Grevsgaard did so in 2009. By winning both races, Hajkova surged to the top of the NCAA Qualification list. With two races left, she is in position to earn the top seed for women’s Nordic skiers at the NCAA Championships in March.
Oedegaard finished the week adding three podium appearances to his impressive first season as a Buff. The Molde, Norway (NTG Lillehammer/Molde Ski Club) native followed up his second place classical performance (last week's vote) in the UAA Invitational earning third place in the freestyle race, and then improving on both performances by winning the classical race and finishing second in the freestyle race at the Seawolf Invitational, the second meet held in Alaska last week. His three podium performances last week and four overall in Alaska give him six straight (seven podium appearances in eight races) this season. His seven podium appearances are the most by a CU men's Nordic skier since Matt Gelso earned eight in 2010 and the most by a first-year performer since Vegard Kjoelhamar earned seven in 2009.
Also nominated for this week’s award: Eileen Gehring (track and & field), Kristina Schleich (tennis), Emily Talley (women’s golf), Spencer Dinwiddie (men’s basketball) and Joe Morris (track & field).
Gehring placed fourth in the 200-meter dash at the Husky Classic on Friday after crossing the finish line in 24.89. The following day she became the third best CU performer in the 400-meter after finishing third overall with a time of 55.54. The time is the fifth fastest in school history and is the fastest by a Buff since 1996. Her time currently ranks 14th in the MPSF. Gehring also competed in the 4x400-meter relay which finished with the second-best time in school history (3:49.46).
Schleich improved to 3-2 in the spring season after defeating Colorado State’s top performer Tori Arneson, 6-0, 6-0 at the top singles spot. Schleich was the first off the court in singles play and became the first CU woman this spring to defeat an opponent in straight sets without surrendering a single game. In doubles, Schleich teamed with freshman Julyette Steur, capturing the top doubles position (8-4) over Arneson and Kaley Schultz. The Buffs improved to 3-2 on the year and remain unbeaten against the Rams in the all-time series, 26-0.
Talley and the women’s gold team opened the 2012 spring season with an impressive fourth place finish at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational, which features eight teams ranked nationally in the Top 40. Talley led the Buffs with a 73-73-74--220 scorecard of 4-over par and tied individually for 11th place. She would have secured a top 10 finish had it not been for a double bogey on her 54th hole, the 18th of her final round. Still, Talley finished with her second highest finish of the season.
Dinwiddie led the CU men’s basketball team to a 1-1 week, averaging a team-best 12.5 points per game and 50 percent shooting form the field (8-of-16). Dinwiddie scored all of his game-high 15 points in the second half during the Buffs’ 63-49 road win over Arizona State. The freshman guard went 4-of-6 from the field with a trio of three-pointers, along with five rebounds, two blocks and an assist in the win over the Sun Devils. Earlier in the week, the Woodland Hills, Calif. native scored 10 points with three assist and three steals in CU’s 71-57 loss at Arizona. For the week, Dinwiddie averaged 3.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.5 steals and one block. He also tied a team-best four three-pointers and shot 83.3 percent from the free throw line.
Morris placed fourth overall in the 200-meter dash (21.95) on Friday at the Flotrack Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash. The third best collegiate runner at the meet, Morris finished behind former standout Jeremy Dodson (Nike), who won the race in 21.26. On Saturday, Morris won the 60 in 6.76, beating out Dodson by .01 seconds. Placing third in the prelims with a time of 6.85, Morris won his section and his time (6.76) ranks third on the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation performance list. The junior also helped the CU 4x400-meter relay team to a first place finish, recording a time of 3:14.93.