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Reid Wins; Buffs Second At UNM Invitational

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    [h=1]Reid Wins; Buffs Second At UNM Invitational[/h] Release: 02/01/2013 Courtesy: Curtis Snyder, Associate SID

    RED RIVER, N.M. – Senior Joanne Reid won her fourth race of the season while the University of Colorado ski team is in second place at the 2013 New Mexico Invitational after the Nordic classical races Friday here at the Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski Area.

    With two of eight events in the books, Utah is leading the meet with 228 points on the strength of a 1-3-4 finish in the men’s 5K classical race. Colorado, which won the women’s 5K classical race, is second with 217 points. Denver is third with 199 points followed by host New Mexico (186). The Lobos are just ahead of fifth place Montana State (184) while Alaska Anchorage (166) and Wyoming (103) round out the team standings.

    Reid has now won three straight races and four of five on the season. She again won by a comfortable margin, this time by 28.0 seconds, taking the top podium spot in a time of 17:12.2. Denver’s Makayla Cappel took second in 17:40.2 with senior Eliska Hajkova giving the Buffs two podium appearances, less than a second behind Cappel in a time of 17:41.1.

    Although she’s a senior, this was the first classic race Reid has taken part of at the New Mexico Invitational. The Lobos didn’t host a meet last year and the first two years, Reid was just returning from the World Junior Cross Country Championships in Europe. Her sophomore year she did race in the freestyle race, but not the classic race.

    “It was a little crazy out there, actually,” Reid said. “A lot of girls fell, including Maria (Nordstrom). Eliska was getting sick and just kept going. For me it went smooth. This is actually the first time I’ve classic skied here, so I took it out slow and sped up. I caught Eliska about half way through and we skied together the rest of the way, because she’s such an incredible classic skier, I followed her on the hills.”

    In the interval start format, each skier starts the race 30 seconds apart and Hajkova started one spot ahead of Reid. Reid catching Hajkova meant she had a 30 second advantage on her, as evidence by the final 28.9 second margin between the two skiers. On Nordstrom’s fall, she broke a binding and injured her shoulder, eventually finishing 30th in a time of 24:13.2. She had not yet passed one of the coaches split times, but Cranmer believes she was probably in the top five when she fell. Senior Mary Rose, who has four top seven finishes on the season, did not compete as she is recovering from illness.

    “Eliska was getting sick but kept going,” CU Nordic coach Bruce Cranmer said. “She did great. She has never raced as well here as she does other places and her getting sick on the course, she probably would’ve finished second if that didn’t happen, I’m sure that had to cost her at least a second. Maria fell and hurt her shoulder a little bit, and she was in contention. I think Maria will be alright, we will see how she feels in the morning.”

    Reid’s stretch of three straight wins is the longest for any CU skier since Matt Gelso won five straight near the end of the 2010 season, and it’s the longest for a women’s skier since Maria Grevsgaard won four straight in the middle of the 2009 season. The Buffs have won each of the five women’s Nordic races of the season, with Nordstrom taking the other, and with two more podium appearances Friday, the Buffs now have 10 podium appearances in the five races, placing two in the top three in each race this season.

    Reid’s four wins this season gives her six career wins and in 32 career races, she now has 14 podium appearances. Hajkova, meanwhile, hit the podium for the third straight race and the 29th time of her career.

    In men’s action, freshman Gustav Nordstroem led the way in fifth place in a time of 15:07.6 while sophomore Andreas Hoye was eighth in 15:14.4. Both skiers cracked the top 10 for the first time this season, or career as it were for Nordstroem, who is known for his sprinting but hasn’t raced a lot at altitude.

    “It was a break-through race for Gustav,” Cranmer said. “That should give him some confidence moving forward. He’s better at shorter distances, but at altitude for him to get a top five and be right in the mix, it’s good. Hopefully, everybody is just kind of getting better.”

    Five of the seven men had their best finish of the season, including Nordstroem and Hoye. Despite no podium appearances, the Buffs placed six in the top 16 and all seven of its skiers finished in the top 22.

    Freshman Michael Vigers finished 12th in a time of 15:27.8 just a second ahead of senior Ian Mallams, who was 13th in 15:28.8. Sophomore Rune Oedegaard was then tied for 14th in a time of 15:30.1 while sophomore Arnaud Du Pasquier finished 16th in 15:30.3. Those four Buffs all finished within two-and-a-half seconds of each other. Freshman Charlie Von Thaden brought home 22nd place in a time of 16:07.5.

    For Oedegaard, it stopped a run of finishing first or second, which he had done in each of the first four races of the season. He had a bit of bad luck, breaking both the handle and basket on his poll within the first 100 meters of the race, and he didn’t get a new pole until about 1.5K into the course. The course also begins with a big hill, so knowing he was likely out of contention to win, he raced smart and saved something for tomorrow’s 10K freestyle race.

    “He just had some bad luck,” Cranmer said. “With that hill right off the bat, without a pole and at high altitude, the deck was stacked against him right from the get-go. He should be fine tomorrow and will probably be pretty motivated to do better.”

    Nordic action in the UNM Invitational concludes Saturday with the 10K freestyle interval start races. The alpine teams then return to action on Wednesday and Thursday as part of the Utah Invitational at the Loveland Ski Area in Colorado.

    New Mexico Invitational Team Scores (through two of eight events)—1. Utah 228; 2. Colorado 217; 3. Denver 199; 4. New Mexico 186; 5. Montana State 184; 6. Alaska Anchorage 166; 7. Wyoming 103.

    Women’s 5K Classical (30 collegiate finishers)- 1. Joanne Reid, CU, 17:12.2; 2. Makayla Cappel, DU, 17:40.2; 3. Eliska Hajkova, CU, 17:41.1; 4. Anni Nord, UNM, 17:50.7; 5. Rose Kemp, UU, 17:53.7; 6. Isabella Smith, MSU, 18:07.4; 7. Marine Dusser, UAA, 18:07.5; 8. Jessica Yeaton, MSU, 18:12.3; 9. Sloan Storey, UU, 18:14.9; 10. Katie Gill, DU, 18:17.0. Other CU Finishers: 30. Maria Nordstroem, 24:13.2.

    Men’s 5K Freestyle (31 collegiate finishers)- 1. Miles Havlick, UU, 14:10.7; 2. Mats Resaland, UNM, 14:35.4; 3. Einar Ulsund, UU, 14:41.7; 4. Noe Bellet, UU, 14:50.9; 5. Gustav Nordstroem, CU, 15:07.6; 6. Andrew Dougherty, DU, 15:13.7; 7. Niklas Persson, UU, 15:14.2; 8. Andreas Hoye, CU, 15:14.4; 9. Trygve Markset, DU, 15:14.8; 10. Pat Madden, MSU, 15:18.1. Other CU Finishers. 12. Michael Vigers, 15:27.8; 13. Ian Mallams, 15:28.8; t-14. Rune Oedegaard, 15:30.1; 16. Arnaud Du Pasquier, 15:30.3; 22. Charlie Von Thaden, 16:07.5.

    from cubuffs.com

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