Colo.—Sophomore newcomer Rune Oedegaard
won the men’s 10K classical race here at Devil’s Thumb Ranch, helping the
University of Colorado ski team remain in second place through six of eight
events at the Denver Invitational.
however, propelled by three podium finishes in the two races, extended its lead
from 27 after the alpine portion of the meet to 72 points with Saturday’s
freestyle races remaining as the Utes have 694 points to the Buffaloes 622. The Buffs still do have a 52 point lead over
third place Denver (570) while both Alaska Anchorage (553) and New Mexico (534)
round out the top five with over 500 points, as well.
wasn’t the day we were looking for,” CU Nordic coach Bruce Cranmer said. “It was exciting to see Rune do so well,
especially after that start to the day.
He’s definitely the bright spot of the day, for sure.”
won the men’s race with a time of 36:53.7 and beat the field by an impressive
32.8 seconds. Coming in second was
Utah’s Miles Havlick (37:26.5), who edged out his teammate Didrik Smith
(37:29.2). With the two podium finishes,
the Utes beat Colorado to with the race, 126-115.
conditions were really tough today but I had great skis,” Oedegaard said.
“Bruce and (assistant coach) Jana
(Weinberger) did an awesome job getting the right skis, they great kick and
a great slide. The first time I saw Jana on the course, she said I had a 20
second lead, so from there I was just trying to keep my speed up as much as
Senior Vegard Kjoelhamar finished sixth in a
time of 38:13.9, one of his best collegiate finishes at high altitude. Senior Reid
Pletcher finished 12th in a time of 39:08.5 and sophomore Andreas Hoye, recovering from being
sick, had an impressive race, finishing 15th in a time of 39:29.2 after being
seeded 37th in the race. Freshman Arnaud Du Pasquier (41:09.5) and junior
Ian Mallams (41:14.4) finished
together in 27th and 28th place, respectively.
never had an awesome killer race at altitude,” Cranmer said. “It’s probably one
of his best races at this high of altitude. And for Reid, obviously not great,
he always wants to be in the top 10, he wasn’t that far off. Overall on the guys side, it was a reasonably
struggled a bit on the women’s side without junior Joanne Reid, who is recovering from being sick. Reid had two podium appearances last weekend
at Steamboat Springs at CU’s meet.
Senior Eliska Hajiova
finished in 10th place for the Buffaloes in a time of 22:54.2 as the top 10
skiers all were within less than a minute of each other. Utah’s Parker Tyler won the race un a time of
“We had a
few different kinds of skis available for them today,” Cranmer said. “The no
wax skis for the women’s race wasn’t the best choice. Eliska needs a good kick and she switched
skis right before she started and second guessed herself a little bit and
unfortunately it wasn’t the best choice.
Even with the wrong skis, she’s right there, so she will bounce back
out a pair of Denver Pioneers as, unlike the men’s race where Oedegaard won by
over 30 seconds, all three podium finishes were within 5.4 seconds of each
other. Kate Dolan took second in 22:01.8
with teammate Makayla Cappel taking third in 22:05.8 on their home course. Alaska Anchorage skiers finished 4-5-6 and
finished just one point behind the Pioneers (118-117) as the top two teams in
the race. Utah was right there with 112
points while the Buffaloes finished the race with 78 points.
Junior Mary Rose finished 16th in a time of
23:21.9 while freshman Marianna Madsen
was 23rd in a time of 24:06.2, just ahead of senior Katie Stege and her time of 24:36.8, good for 25th place.
“It was a
good race for Mary,” Cranmer said. “She was the only one who went on hard wax
and it paid off for her.”
Invitational concludes Saturday with the freestyle races. The men will get the day started at 9 a.m.
with at 15K mass start race followed by the women’s 10K race, also a mass
start. At that point, the RMISA season
will be one-third complete and teams will have some time off before heading to
Alaska for a pair of meets hosted by the Seawolves.
are a different kind of racing,” Cranmer said. “This is a pretty hard course,
it could be pretty tough. It will be an
DU INVITATIONAL (6 events)—1. Utah 694; 2. Colorado 622; 3. Denver 570; 4. Alaska Anchorage 553; 5. New
Mexico 534; 6. Montana State 459; 7. Westminster College 346; 8. Wyoming 120; 9.
Colorado Mountain College 87.
5K Classical (32 Collegiate Finishers)—1. Parker Tyler, UU, 21:57.1; 2.
Kate Dolan, DU, 22:01.8; 3. Makayla Cappel, DU, 22:02.5; 4. Jaime Brogna, UAA,
22:16.2; 5. Steffi Hiemer, UAA, 22:18.4; 6. Laura Rombach, UAA, 22:42.6; 7.
Linn Klaesson, UNM, 22:43.0; 8. Rose Kemp, UU, 22:51.5; 9. Anni Nord, UNM,
22:53.3; 10. Eliska Hajkova, CU,
22:54.2. Other CU Finishers: 16. Mary Rose, 23:21.9; 23. Marianne Madsen,
24:06.2; 25. Katie Stege, 24:36.8.
Men’s 10K Classical (39
Collegiate Finishers)—1. Rune Oedegaard, CU, 36:53.7; 2. Miles Havlick, UU, 37:26.5;
3. Didrik Smith, UU, 37:29.2; 4. Lasse Moelgaard, UAA, 37:52.9; 5. Tyler
Reinking, MSU, 37:54.7; 6. Vegard
Kjoelhamar, CU, 38:13.9; 7. Tom Smith, UU, 38:20.6; 8. Andrew Dougherty,
DU, 38:27.0; 9. David Norris, MSU, 38:36.1; 10. Sjur Prestsaeter, UNM, 38:37.2.
Other CU Finishers: 12. Reid Pletcher,
39:08.5; 15. Andreas Hoye, 39:29.2; 27. Arnaud Du Pasquier, 41:09.5; 28. Ian