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CUBuffs.com: Buffs Set To Host Spencer J. Nelson Memorial Invitational (Skiing)

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    The University of Colorado ski team is set to host the Fifth Annual Spencer James Nelson Memorial Invitational, which will take place along with an additional RMISA Alpine Qualifier Friday through Sunday, January 22-24, in Steamboat Springs, Colo., the same location the Buffs will host NCAA Championships in March.
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    2016 Spencer James Nelson Memorial Invitational Schedule
    All Times Tentative

    Friday, January 22
    • Slalom (men and women, order TBA) – first runs at 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.; second runs at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

    Saturday, January 23
    • Freestyle (interval start) – women’s 5K 9 a.m.; men’s 10K 9:40 a.m.
    • Giant Slalom (men & women, order TBA) – first runs at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.; second runs at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

    Sunday, January 24
    • Classic (mass start) – men’s 20K 9 a.m.; women’s 15K at 10:15 a.m.
    • Giant Slalom (RMISA Qualifier, men & women, order TBA) first runs at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.; second runs at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

    Live Timing
    Alpine live timing will be available at www.ussalivetiming.com. No live timing will be available for Nordic racing and race results will be posted at www.fourcornerstiming.com.

    Social Media
    Follow the Buffaloes at @CUBuffsSkiing on twitter, Instagram and Facebook. The RMISA can be found at @rmisa on twitter. Use #CUSJNInvite or #RMISA to join the conversation.
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    Best of wishes to the ski team this weekend!
     
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    Article after the 1st day's races (slalom for men and women)- http://www.cubuffs.com//ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=600&ATCLID=210658290

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    Skiers In Second In Own Spencer Nelson-CU Invitational

    STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The defending national champion University of Colorado ski team had three top 10 efforts here Friday and as a result is in second place through two of eight events in its own Spencer James Nelson Memorial Invitational.

    Denver holds the day one lead with 165 points, with the host Buffaloes 15 back with 150; the third through seventh spots are separated by only six points: Westminster (121), Montana State (120), Utah (119), New Mexico (117) and Alaska-Anchorage (115), the closest five teams have ever been separated since the sport went coed in 1983.

    Steamboat will host the NCAA Championships in seven weeks, and the site has become a favorite among the alpine skiers because of nighttime slalom that was run there in 2006 and 2010. So the western skiers got a taste of that Friday, with the first runs taking place in the mid-afternoon with the second run under the stars.

    Senior Henrik Gunnarsson finally reached the top of the podium in his 46th collegiate race. He had six previous top five efforts – four in the slalom – with is best a third place showing as a freshman in the slalom at New Mexico’s Invitational. He was coming off a fourth-place finish in the slalom just a week ago in Montana.

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    Spencer James Nelson Memorial/CU Invitational Results (2 of 8 events)— 1. Denver 165; 2.Colorado 150; 3. Westminster 121; 4. Montana State 120; 5. Utah 119; 6. New Mexico 117; 7. Alaska-Anchorage 115; 8. Colorado Mountain College 27; 9. Wyoming 0.

    Men’s Slalom (38 collegiate finishers)1. Henrik Gunnarsson, CU, 1:25.43; 2. Giulio Bosca, WMC, 1:25.56; 3. Taylor Shiffrin, DU, 1:26.11; 4. Ola Johansen, CU, 1:26.17; 5. Tim Lindgren, WMC, 1:26.25; 6. David Neuhauser, MSU, 1:26.40; 7. Hughston Norton, UAA, 1:26.84; 8. Sean Alexander, UAA, 1:26.86; 9. Morton Bakke, MSU, 1:26.98; 10. Joergen Brath, Utah, 1:27.04. Other CU Finishers: 17. Max Luukko, 1:27.70; 19. Kasper Hietanen, 1:27.93; 19. Adam Zika, 1:27.93; 22. Roger Carry, 1:28.33; 25. Cameron Smith, 1:29.61.

    Women’s Slalom (34 collegiate finishers)— 1. Julie Mohagen, Utah, 1:28.55; 2. Tuva Norbye, DU, 1:29.51; 3. Kristine Haugen, DU, 1:29.71; 4. Maria Gudmundsdottir, UAA, 1:29.76; 5. Jocelyn McCarthy, MSU, 1:29.83; 6. Sara Ottosson, UNM, 1:29.87; 7. Tonje Trulsrud, CU, 1:29.91; 8. Monica Huebner, DU, 1:30.26; 9. Karoline Myklebust, UNM, 1:30.55; 10. Sydney Staples, UNM, 1:30.58. Other CU Finishers: 11. Thea Grosvold, 1:30.64; 12. Nora Christensen, 1:30.72; 31. Clare Wise, 1:39.51; 34. Katie Hostetler, 1:51.92.
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    And, scores after this morning's Nordic races.
     
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    Article on today's races- http://www.cubuffs.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=600&ATCLID=210659801 . (As I guessed, not a good day overall as the Buffs slip back to 3rd overall with only the Nordic classic races remaining for the team portion of this Invitational.)

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    STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The defending national champion University of Colorado ski team had one of its top freshmen claim a giant slalom win but struggles on the Nordic side Saturday hurt the Buffaloes as they dropped from second into third in its own Spencer James Nelson Memorial Invitational.

    Utah jumped from fifth to first in the team standings, with the Utes scoring 468 points with six of eight events completed in the meet. Denver fell from the lead into second with 440 points, while CU is in the bronze slot with 432. Montana State (389½) and New Mexico (372) round out the top five.

    “Things trade back and forth at times,” head coach Richard Rokos said of the differing results Saturday between CU’s alpine and Nordic teams. “On the Nordic side what happened to them is not common (finishing fourth in both the men’s and women’s point standings for an individual race).

    “They don’t have to take chances like in alpine so overall the results are more consistent. So it was very unusual for us, but it can go in cycles. But there are no long term concerns on the Nordic side, they just need to recover physically and probably mentally a bit as well. We’ll see what happens tomorrow, I wouldn’t be surprised if they bounce right back.”
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    In the giant slalom, CU had the women’s champion and five skiers in the top 13 in the men’s race. “We had a lot of highlights in the GS, plus the guys skied tight and close and that’s a pretty good sign,” Rokos said.

    Freshman Tonje Trulsrud used the second-fastest times in both the morning and afternoon runs to win the women’s giant slalom in 1:56.58. Behind Utah’s Julie Mohagen by .12 of a second heading into the second run, Trulsrud overtook her and won by .15 when all was said and done. Mohagen finished in 1:56.73 with New Mexico’s Katharine Irwin third in 1:56.95.
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    Looks like decent results for the men in the Classic Nordic race, but both Denver and Utah do better points-wise, so CU women will have to have a VERY good day in their Classic race for the Buffs to even gain ground for a 2nd place finish overall at their Invitational.

     
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    Article on the final day of races - http://www.cubuffs.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=600&ATCLID=210661030 .

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    STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. — The University of Colorado ski team finished third in its own Spencer James Nelson Memorial Invitational, with men’s and women’s Nordic classic races concluding the invitational here Sunday at Howelsen Hill. The alpine teams were also in action Sunday in an RMISA Alpine Qualifier across town at Mt. Werner.

    The Buffs opened the day eight points behind Denver and 36 points behind Utah. The Utes ended up pulling away from the field, finishing with 649 points. Denver held off the Buffs and finished four points ahead, 587-583. Montana State (516.5) and New Mexico (514) rounded out the top five.

    “This isn’t what we were hoping for or looking for, it was a strange weekend,” CU Nordic coach Bruce Cranmer said. “The cold affected us with some breathing issues, some other lingering illness. But there’s a long time between now and NCAAs and hopefully we can come back and get going hard by then.”
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    The Buffs now have an extended break before the second half of the season gets underway at New Mexico. After three meets and two RMISA Alpine Qualifiers in the last 21 days, the teams now have 27 days off before heading to Red River, N.M., on Feb. 20-21. It will then be a whirlwind to the end of the season with the RMISA Championships taking place in Beaver Creek and Vail on Feb. 26-27 and the NCAA Championships taking place back here in Steamboat Springs on March 9-12.

    “This break is at a good point in the season, for sure,” Cranmer said. “If you’re skiing well, maybe we wouldn’t’ like it, but with our team struggling in a couple areas, it’s coming at a good time.”

    “This season has been a little frustrating overall,” Stroem said. “But we have the potential to be really good. One day alpine has a good day and we have an average day, the next we have a good day and they have an average day. We haven’t fully put it together yet, but we have the potential.”
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