The University of Colorado ski team finished the season strong when they won first place at the Utah Invitational in Midway, Utah over the weekend.
The four-day tournament, held from Feb. 6-9, concluded the regular season for the ski team and was a good warm-up heading into the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association Championships.
The women’s Nordic freestyle team earned 136 points out of a possible 141 largely in thanks to Joanne Reid and Eliska Hajkova’s first and second-place performances.
Ried beat teammate Hajkova by just 3.3 seconds and the pair dominated the field, leaving University of Alaska’s star Marine Dusser as a distant third place. Ried’s win marks her sixth straight victory and continues a very strong regular season overall.
Men’s racer Gustav Nordstroem also had a solid day, placing second in the Men’s Nordic Classical.
CU finished first with 904 points overall, University of Utah came in second with 845 points and University of Denver got third with 777 points.
CU’s first-place finish can largely be attributed to the women winning both the Alpine Giant Slalom and Nordic freestyle races. However, the men also gave a big performance finishing in third in the Alpine events and second in the Nordic events.
Next, the ski team attends the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association Championships that will kick off on Feb. 22 in Bozeman, Montana.
Contact CU Independent Staff Writer Grayson O’Roark at Grayson.email@example.com.
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