Buff ski team- 2018/19 news and early results thread

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  1. AztecBuff

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    Thought I'd started this already, but since I hadn't, it's definitely time now as the ski team is on the eve of starting off its 2018/19 season, with the Nordic team (per the below Instagram) racing this weekend in West Yellowstone. (Note the official Buff schedule (http://www.cubuffs.com/schedule.aspx?path=ski) only shows the (I assume more serious?) races starting in early January.)

    I plan on us using this one thread to report IN ONE PLACE the early and regular season results for the various skiers up til the RMISA Conference races (scheduled to start February 20th), along with any other ski team news that pops up.


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    Article (from way back in August) about the schedule -


    Direct link - https://cubuffs.com/news/2018/8/1/skiing-2019-ski-schedule-includes-cu-hosting-ameet-at-eldora.aspx

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    2019 Ski Schedule Includes CU Hosting A Meet At Eldora

    By: Jason Clay, Associate SID
    Release: August 01, 2018

    Buffs to host their home meet at Eldora (alpine) and Steamboat Springs (Nordic) this winter

    BOULDER — The 2019 ski schedule has been released by the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Skiing Association (RMISA) and the season will kick off on Jan. 9 at Eldora when the University of Colorado hosts the CU Invitational.

    As the schools across the RMISA rotate in hosting meets each season, CU is back on the hosting block this coming winter after hosting both the RMISA Championships and the NCAA Championships last March in Steamboat Springs. This will be the first regular season meet Colorado has hosted since 2016.

    The CU Invitational will run Jan. 9-11 on the alpine side at Eldora and Jan. 12-13 for the Nordic races, which will be held at Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs.
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    2019 RMISA Skiing Schedule
    Jan. 9-13 – Colorado Invitational (Eldora and Steamboat Springs, Colo.)
    Jan. 16-19 – Montana State Invitational (Bridger Bowl and Crosscut, Mont.)
    Feb. 1-2 – New Mexico Invitational (Enchanted Forest and Red River, N.M.)
    Feb. 17-22 – UAA Invite (Kinkaid and Alyeska, Alaska)
    Feb. 20-24 – RMISA Championships (Kinkaid and Alyeska, Alaska)
    March 6-9 – NCAA Championships (Stowe, Vt.)
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    And, a more recent article about the 2018 races-


    Direct link - https://cubuffs.com/news/2018/11/9/skiing-ski-team-update-preseason-competition-approaches.aspx

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    Ski Team Update: Preseason Competition Approaches

    By: Curtis Snyder, Assistant AD/Sports Information
    Release: November 09, 2018

    BOULDER – When the calendar hits November and Ski Ball is over, that usually means one thing for the Colorado Ski Team: Competition is getting closer and snow is in the forecast.

    The dryland training season is coming to a close for the alpine team, which has spent 10 days over the last three weekends on snow for the first time at Copper Mountain. Copper annually opens early for the US Ski Team to train and most of the programs in the RMISA usually take advantage of this fact to get on the snow as early as possible.

    Things are a little different on the Nordic side, where you need more than one hill covered in snow to train on skis. The Nordic team will look to get on snow for the first time in mid-November.
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    The Nordic team will get on snow for the first time over the school's fall break the week of Thanksgiving by heading to West Yellowstone, Mont., where they will get 10 days of training in, with the last for days racing in the Yellowstone Ski Festival from Nov. 20-24, the first races of the preseason.

    A smaller portion of the team will then return to West Yellowstone a week later for the US Ski & Snowboard SuperTour Opener Dec. 1-2. The only other competition for the Nordic team before the start of the collegiate season will be at the US Cross Country Championships in Craftsbury, Vt., on Jan. 3-9. The Nordic collegiate season then opens in Steamboat Springs on January 12-13 in Steamboat Springs.

    In addition to the last three weekends of training at Copper Mountain in which the Buffs got on snow a total of 10 days, the alpine team will now transition to Eldora, its traditional training ground that opened earlier this week, and the Buffs will hit training especially hard the week that school is out for fall break.
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    Several alpine skiers may also participate in NorAm Cup races but the extent of that has not been determined yet. Tommy finished third in the NorAm Cup last year and won the Giant Slalom title. All of the Buffs on the alpine team have competed in a Continental Cup-level race at some point in their careers.
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    Finally, I already noted these in the Olympic Sport Recruiting thread closer to when they were announced, but if anyone wants to read up on the new ski Buffs as the season approaches, there have been a couple articles (the 2nd being about a late addition, the #31 ranked female giant slalom skier in the world) on this year's new additions.


     
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    A couple Nice results at the top pro level by a couple Buffs, one by a new arrival and one by a prior one. Congrats to both!

    1st, incoming (junior for eligibility purposes) Buff (and Canadian) Mikaela Tomey finished 19th today in a World Cup giant slalom race held in Courchevel, France. (Below is the ski team "good luck" Instagram from yesterday. The race, "shockingly", was won by (state of) Colorado's Mikaela Shiffrin, her 49th career World Cup win- not bad for a 23 year old. Full results- https://www.fis-ski.com/DB/general/results.html?sectorcode=AL&raceid=95495.)



    And, per the below, German David Ketterer, who left the Buffs after last season, finished in 18th in the World Cup slalom race held yesterday in Austria. (Full results - https://www.fis-ski.com/DB/general/results.html?sectorcode=AL&raceid=95482 )

     
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    A somewhat rare chance to see the ski team (at least the alpine part) locally starting in a day or two!



    Direct link - https://cubuffs.com/news/2019/1/7/s...-new-dual-slalom-format-friday-at-eldora.aspx

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    ELDORA — The University of Colorado ski team will make history next week when the Buffs introduce a new race format during their annual Colorado Invitational, held concurrently at Eldora and Steamboat Springs (Jan. 9-13).

    For the first time ever in an NCAA competition, a dual slalom event will be contested. Dubbed the "Bob Beattie Derby" in honor of the late legendary Colorado coach, the event will see skiers get four runs in a side-by-side format down a 200-meter course.

    The Dual Slalom will be contested on Friday night at 6 p.m. on Eldora's Chute run, viewable from the Indian Peaks lodge. To amp up excitement for the event, the lodge will be open and serving food and beverages. The CU Ski Team will hold an autograph session at 5 p.m. and CU's mascot Chip will be on hand. Eldora will close at 4 p.m. but the resort is offering entertainment between then and 6 p.m. There will be food and beverages available starting at 4 p.m.

    The event is free, but if fans want to get a day of skiing in ahead of time, Eldora is also offering two deals. For $99, an all-day lift ticket and ticket to a BBQ ill be available and for $79 a half-day ticket and BBQ dinner will be available. Those can be purchased starting at 10 a.m. for full day and 1 p.m. for half day at the Timbers Season Pass Office.

    The event is a prelude to what CU coach Richard Rokos hopes will be the addition of the format to the NCAA Championships, along with the addition of sprints on the Nordic side. Currently, the NCAA meet consists of slalom and giant slalom on the alpine side and two classical and freestyle Nordic competitions.
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    The Colorado Invitational begins Wednesday, Jan. 9, with the giant slalom event at Eldora, followed by another day of giant slalom on Thursday.

    The first dual slalom will be contested Friday, Jan. 11, beginning at 6 p.m. under the Eldora lights, after the regular slalom is held during the day.

    The action shifts to Steamboat on Saturday with the freestyle Nordic events at Howelsen Hill, followed by the classical Nordic competition on Sunday.
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    Facebook page with the schedule, etc. for the dual slalom exhibition -

    Invitational Schedule-
    (Also, per the RMISA (conference) website schedule (http://www.rmisaskiing.com/schedule.php) and as indicated above, there's an RMISA giant slalom qualifier (so not included in the Invitational scoring) on Wednesday the 9th.)
     
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    Another (more full) preview of this week's CU Spencer James Nelson Memorial Invitational, along with an RMISA (Conference) giant slalom qualifier that is today, with the men's competition starting at 8:30 AM, and the women following starting at 12:45 PM. (Portions of the article not quoted below include a preview/ status update of the different (men's and women's alpine and nordic) parts of the team. Still can't find any links to live results for any of the races.)



    Direct link - https://cubuffs.com/news/2019/1/8/skiing-buffs-host-cu-invitational-to-open-2019-season.aspx

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    BOULDER—The University of Colorado ski team and the rest of the schools in the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association will open the 2019 season this week with the CU Spencer James Nelson Memorial Invitational. The alpine events will take place at Eldora Mountain Resort Wednesday to Friday with Nordic events happening at Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs on Saturday and Sunday.

    The Buffs will host an RMISA Alpine Qualifier giant slalom race on Wednesday with the men set to begin and run to completion at 8:30 a.m. followed by the women at 12:45 p.m. Thursday will see another giant slalom race with the women skiing first and the men second, officially opening the team event. Friday morning will see alpine races in the morning and a new event, the dual slalom, on Friday night at 6 p.m. Several events have been scheduled around the night dual slalom races (link to story).

    Saturday the action will turn to Steamboat Springs and Howelsen Hill where the 5K women's and 10K men's freestyle races will take place with an interval start. Sunday will conclude the Invitational with 10K classic mass start races. On both days, races will start at 10 a.m.
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    Also, a tweet with some more summary info on this Friday evening's dual slalom competitions-
     
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    1st- the 1st of 2 women's slalom runs is over half way over. Live timing at https://www.live-timing.com/race2.php?r=191476. Men's runs to follow this afternoon; live timings should be available at https://www.live-timing.com/race2.php?r=191474 come race-time.
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    Reviews from yesterday of yesterday giant slalom races (with the Buffs leaving themselves quite a bit of work to do) -


    Direct link - https://cubuffs.com/news/2019/1/10/skiing-buffs-open-in-fifth-place-at-own-invitational.aspx

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    By: Curtis Snyder, Assistant AD/Sports Information

    NEDERLAND, Colo.—The University of Colorado ski team sits in fifth place at the CU Spencer James Nelson Memorial Invitational after the giant slalom races here at Eldora Mountain Resort on Thursday.

    While the Buffs improved from yesterday's races that saw just four of 11 skiers finish (all 10 skiers finished both runs Thursday), the results still aren't quite what coach Richard Rokos expects from the Buffs.

    "Coaches are agonizing over it, the athletes are puzzled," Rokos said. "The bottom line is this is our hill and we always expect a certain home advantage. It turned against us. Today was better than yesterday; from where we are we can't get any worse."

    Four Buffs did record four top 11 finishes; freshman Stef Fleckenstein on the women's side and sophomore Joey Young and freshman Teddy Takki on the men's side each got in the top 10 while senior Max Luukko was just outside in 11th place in the men's race.
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    NEXT UP: The third day of alpine skiing will be the busiest at Eldora on Friday with men's and women's slalom races starting at 8:30 a.m. and skiers staying to race a dual slalom exhibition at 6 p.m. Many festivities are planned for the dual slalom including a live band from 4-6 p.m., food and beverages will be available and CU's costumed mascot Chip will be in attendance.

    SPENCER JAMES NELSON MEMORIAL INVITATIONAL TEAM RESULTS (through 2 of 8 events)—1. Denver 169; 2. Utah 159; 3. Montana State 130; 4. New Mexico 126; 5. Colorado 119; 6. Alaska Anchorage 117; 7. Westminster 77; 8. Colorado Mountain 28.
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    NEDERLAND, Colo.—Senior Nora Christensen finished fifth and the University of Colorado ski team moved up one spot to fourth after the women's slalom race here Friday at Eldora Mountain Resort.

    The women's slalom race ran to completion but the men's slalom race was postponed due to poor racing conditions. The make-up men's slalom will take place January 19 at Bridger Bowl in Bozeman, Mont., after the conclusion of the Montana State Invitational.
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    UP NEXT: The Buffs host a dual slalom race Friday night at Eldora, an exhibition that will not count toward the team scoring. The Nordic teams now take center stage in Steamboat Springs, kicking off their season Saturday with freestyle races followed by Classic races on Sunday. Teams will then head to Montana for the MSU Invitational with racing starting Wednesday with an RMISA Qualifier and concluding Saturday with the make-up of today's men's slalom race.

    SPENCER JAMES NELSON MEMORIAL INVITATIONAL TEAM RESULTS (through 3 of 8 events)—1. Denver 271; 2. Utah 241; 3. Montana State 186; 4. Colorado 178; 5. New Mexico 169; 6. Alaska Anchorage 158; 7. Westminster 138; 8. Colorado Mountain 38.
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    Looks like a solid performance by the women's Nordic squad, as their top 3 finishers are currently showing in 3rd, 8th and 10th, with just some lower seeded skiers left to finish in thier interval start race. Looks like Utah will get the race win, but the Buffs should finish a few points ahead of DU to snag 2nd in this race points-wise.

    The Buffs should also easily move up to 3rd overall, as they finished quite a bit ahead overall in this race compared to the teams just ahead (Montana State) and behind (New Mexico) heading into today.
     
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    Keep it up tomorrow Nordic Buffs!



    Direct link -
    https://cubuffs.com/news/2019/1/12/skiing-buffs-move-into-third-place-at-own-invitational.aspx

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    By: Curtis Snyder, Assistant AD/Sports Information
    Release: January 12, 2019


    STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo.—Sophomore Hedda Baangman hit the podium and six Buffs finished in the top 10, propelling the University of Colorado ski team to third place through five of eight events at the CU Spencer James Nelson Memorial Invitational Saturday after the 5K women's and 10k men's freestyle races here at Howelsen Hill.

    While the women were led by veteran skiers Baangman, junior Anne Siri Lervik and senior Christina Rolandsen, all with proven results, the men were led by newcomers Erik Dengerud and Wyatt Gebhardt, who is a native of Steamboat Springs, along with sophomore Sondre Bollum. Those six constituted the top 10 finishes for the Buffs.
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    WHAT IT MEANS: Having three skiers in the top 10 is the goal of any Nordic team in terms of scoring team points and the Buffs were the only team to accomplish that feat in both races, but if you ask the skiers they believe they can and will get even better. The Buffs could be stronger in classic this season so look for the Buffs to move up even higher in the standings both for Sunday's races and then the rest of the season as the squad reacclimates to altitude.
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    Saturday was the first race that Jana Weinberger served as head Nordic coach after spending 15 years as the assistant Nordic coach.

    QUOTEWORTHY:
    Nordic Coach Jana Weinberger:
    "It wasn't that much different (as a head coach). The women did really well I think, the guys I think they wanted to do better. I think Christina and Anne SIri were struggling a little bit coming from sea level, they went out a little slow. I think if they had gone out strong they could've contended for a top five."

    "Wyatt is doing pretty well at altitude, I think he struggled a little bit at sea level, but he's from Steamboat, home course, he was in his element. Eric had a tough fall, he got sick a couple of times. He went home, then didn't go to US Nationals. Now it looks like he's coming back pretty well. Alvar needs to get back to his normal shape, but we're looking pretty deep on the men's side."

    Christina Rolandsen: "It's been super busy. We all came back from winter breaks on New Year's basically and then we went straight to Vermont and did four races at Craftsbury. We got back to Boulder Wednesday and then we drove out here Thursday. We got home, cleaned our clothes, packed again and came here to do more races."

    "We have different strengths all of us, and we should be strong in skate, too. It's difficult coming from Craftsbury and we've all been at sea leavl for a while and coming up here. It's a little different racing, to feel each other out and feel how we can ski at this level. A lot of us want to be better, but right now we shouldn't expect anything else, we've been traveling a lot and there are a lot of really good skiers, but I think we did a good job."

    UP NEXT: The Buffs will conclude Nordic action at the CU Invitational with the classic races Sunday. Both men and women will have mass start races at 10K in length. The teams will then head to Montana State next weekend for the MSU Invitational.

    SPENCER JAMES NELSON MEMORIAL INVITATIONAL TEAM RESULTS (through 5 of 8 events)—1. Utah 410; 2. Denver 400; 3. Colorado 330.5; 4. Alaska Anchorage 305; 5. Montana State 285; 6. New Mexico 270.5; 7. Westminster 138; 8. Alaska Fairbanks 100; 9. Wyoming 51; 10. Colorado Mountain 38.
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    Full results - https://cubuffs.com/documents/2019/1/12//2019_CU_Invitational_Day_4.pdf
     
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    Great to see the alpine skiers come back strong in Montana!



     
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    Direct link - https://cubuffs.com/news/2019/1/18/skiing-young-wins-slalom-buffs-second-at-msu-invitational.aspx

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    By: Curtis Snyder, Assistant AD/Sports Information

    BOZEMAN, Mont.—Sophomore Joey Young won his first collegiate race, taking the men's slalom title at the Montana State Invitational and enabling the University of Colorado ski team to remain in the hunt in second place in the team standings through six of eight races here at Bridger Bowl and Crosscut Mountain on Friday.

    For the first time this season, both alpine and Nordic teams were in action on the same day and the Buffs racked up seven top 10 performances and two podium appearances. Along with Young, senior Nora Christensen was third place in the women's slalom race at Bridger Bowl to pick up a podium appearance despite only one of the two runs being contested. The lift broke down prior to the start of the women's second run and the race was already behind schedule due to snow. The race will count as a finished race both for team points and NCAA Qualification.

    Senior Christina Rolandsen and junior Anne Siri Lervik on the women's Nordic side and sophomore Sondre Bollum and freshman Wyatt Gebhardt on the men's Nordic side all had top 10's in extremely difficult conditions at Crosscut Mountain. It snowed overnight in the area making the course softer than ideal conditions call for, and continued snow and wind on Thursday made for the tough conditions.

    The Buffs are just nine points behind New Mexico, 434-425, with the Nordic classic races to conclude the meet on Saturday. There will be a men's slalom make up race on Saturday, as well, to close out the CU Invitational.
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    WHAT IT MEANS: While we'd all like to see the Buffs handily win a meet when some other teams are struggling, it's a good sign that the Buffs are in contention to win a meet when there has been a mixture of results here in Bozeman. Young's win in the men's slalom race is huge for the Buffs, who won three of the six alpine races contested here this weekend. After struggling in Eldora at their own meet last week, the Buffs scored more points in alpine than any team in Bozeman this week and put the Nordic team in a good spot to bring home a meet victory Saturday.

    ALPINE NOTEWORTHY: Young's win was his first collegiate win and first collegiate podium in 17 career races. He now has two top five finishes in his career, both in slalom, and nine top 10s, five in GS and four in slalom. He has four top 10s this season in five races. Christensen picked up her seventh career podium performance, all in slalom action, and it was her 14th career top 5 and 18th career top 10 finish. She has two top five finishes this year in the two slalom races. Tommy now has three top 10 finishes in four career races, this being her first finished slalom race after winning the two GS races here the last two days.

    NORDIC NOTEWORTHY: Lervik and Rolandsen have been nothing if not consistent this season. Through three races, Rolandsen has finished seventh, eighth and ninth while Lervik has two eighths and a 10th place finish. Rolandsen has 26 career top 10s in 34 career races, including 15 in 20 career freestyle races, while Lervik has 19 career top 10s in 27 career races and eight in 16 career freestyle races. Bollum and Gebhardt are now two-for-two on top 10 finishes in freestyle races this season. Bollum matched his career best finish in freestyle and has now finished between sixth and 10th in all seven of his career freestyle races.

    ALPINE QUOTEWORTHY:
    Richard Rokos: "We didn't have enough bodies to finish on the men's side of things today, but Joey's win is fabulous. He deserves it, he's been working so hard and putting a lot of good training together, it was nice to see that come through for him today. Max (Luukko) had some bad luck today on his second run and had to hike and other Max (Bervy) was way back after the first run, there wasn't much he could do to move up but he had a solid second run."

    "We'll do the best we can tonight to gap those nine points to New Mexico. The Nordic team is always strong and has been consistent with the exception of missing the wax last week at Steamboat. I feel good about our chances tomorrow."

    Joey Young: "First run, I was kind of a lucky duck in an early bib. The snow was pretty good. Second run, there were a lot of gaps in the times, but I tried to charge as hard as I could and stay in the groove. The second run was bumpy, the light was flat, it was a tough day but I tried to do as best as I could and stay in the groove. I've been running decent in slalom, it's nice to get my first college win."

    NORDIC QUOTEWORTHY:
    Jana Weinberger: "We had tough conditions today. It snowed overnight and it was still snowing today and the wind picked up, so there was snow blowing all over the place. Christina and Anne Siri both said they felt good today, better than they did at Steamboat, so that's a good sign. Hedda had to stop during her race, but will race tomorrow. Ezra had a good result and Quinn is still coming back from her back injury. Overall I'm happy with the women's results."

    "Sondre was in the top three through about the 8K mark, so he fell back a little bit at the end, but still had a really solid result. Wyatt was skiing with the guy who finished on the podium for most of the rece. Eric is still adjusting to the altitude a little bit and the soft conditions I think affected Alvar today."

    UP NEXT: Saturday will be another busy day in Bozeman with three races and the conclusion of the first two meets of the season. The MSU Invitational will wrap up with the 15K women's and 20K men's classical races at Crosscut while the Spencer James Nelson Memorial Invitational will also conclude with the running of a men's slalom make-up race at Bridger Bowl.

    MONTANA STATE INVITATIONAL TEAM RESULTS (through 6 of 8 events)—1. New Mexico, 434; 2. Colorado, 425; 3. Utah 400; 4. Denver 389.5; 5. Montana State 369; 6. Alaska Anchorage 331; 7. Westminster 205.5; 8. Alaska Fairbanks 106; 9. Colorado Mountain 31.
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    Results - https://cubuffs.com/documents/2019/1/18//MSU_2019_INVITE_FRIDAY_RESULTS.pdf
     
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    Solid day for the team today. Congrats on the win at the MSU Invitational!





    Direct link - https://cubuffs.com/news/2019/1/19/...state-invitational-take-third-in-cu-meet.aspx

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    By: Curtis Snyder, Assistant AD/Sports Information

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    BOZEMAN, Mont.—Sophomore Hedda Baangman won the women's 15K classic race and three Buffs finished in the top five as the University of Colorado Ski Team surpassed New Mexico and held off a surging Utah team to win the Montana State Invitational here at Crosscut Mountain Saturday in the closest meet in three years on the collegiate skiing circuit.

    After not finishing her race yesterday, Baangman turned on the jets in the women's race to win by 29.8 seconds. The race was not only critical for the Buffs to overtake New Mexico, which held a slim nine point lead over the Buffs entering the day, but it enabled the Buffs to hold off surging Utah. The Utes opened the day 25 points behind the Buffs but outscored the Buffs by 21 points to close the gap. The Utah women finished 2-6-7 in the women's race for a total of 89 points to the Buffs 1-4-5 finish for an even 100.

    "It's always good to get a win," CU coach Richard Rokos said. "We talked about it last night and the Nordic team has been skiing consistently, especially the women's team, who had a really good race today. We are still working on our consistency as a team and we will continue to improve as the season progresses, but it's always good to get a win."
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    Across the way at Bridger Bowl, the alpine teams were running a make-up men's slalom race needed to close out the CU Spencer James Nelson Memorial Invitational, most of which took place last week at Eldora and Steamboat Springs. Sophomore Joey Young finished fifth in what was essentially a bib race with tough snow conditions. The Buffs came into the day in third place and remained there for the official finish of the meet.

    The MSU meet victory is the 73rd under Rokos, who has now coached the Buffs for 173 meets in his 29 seasons. Since the sport went coed in 1983, the Buffs have now won 62 regular season meets. Utah, which won the CU Invitational as it closed on Saturday, a well, is second with 60.5 regular season meet wins.
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    UP NEXT: The Buffs will now have a week off before heading to Red River, N.M. for the New Mexico Invitational, set for Feb. 1-2 at Red River Ski Area (alpine) and Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski Area (Nordic). This is the first of two mid season breaks.

    MONTANA STATE INVITATIONAL TEAM RESULTS (FINAL)—1. Colorado 587; 2. Utah 583; 3. New Mexico 569; 4. Denver 502.5; 5. Montana State, 464; 6. Alaska Anchorage 458; 7. Westminster 205.5; 8. Alaska Fairbanks 199; 9. Colorado Mountain 31.
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    SPENCER JAMES NELSON MEMORIAL INVITATIONAL TEAM RESULTS (FINAL)—1. Utah, 663; 2. Denver 548; 3. Colorado 515.5; 4. Montana State 501; 5. Alaska Anchorage 478; 6. New Mexico 442.5; 7. Westminster 211; 8. Alaska Fairbanks 200; 9. Wyoming 105; 10. Colorado Mountain 68.
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    Full results-
    MSU Meet - https://cubuffs.com/documents/2019/1/19//MSU_2019_INVITE_FINAL.PDF
    CU Meet - https://cubuffs.com/documents/2019/1/19//SKI_RESULTS_2019_CU_Invitational_FINAL.pdf
     
  20. AztecBuff

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    Forgot to link to the preview article about the New Mexico Invitational, which began today-



    "
    RED RIVER, N.M.—The University of Colorado ski team will get back to action after a week off at the 2019 New Mexico/Drew Judycki Memorial/Jade Enterprises Invitational here Friday and Saturday at Red River Ski Area and Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski Area. The meet will feature two slalom races on the alpine side and a pair of shorter freestyle and classic races on the Nordic side.

    MEET SCHEDULE: On Friday, the men's alpine will kick off the meet at 8:45 a.m. with the first run of a slalom race, followed by the women at 10:10 a.m. Second runs are scheduled for 11:45 a.m. for the men and 12:30 p.m. for the women. Saturday's race plan is the same as Friday's. On the Nordic side, the women's 7.5K classic race will start at 9:30 a.m. with the men's 7.5K classic race slated for a 10:30 a.m. start. On Saturday, the women's 5K freestyle race will start at 9 a.m. followed by the men's 5K freestyle race at 10 a.m.

    Live timing will be available for both disciplines, with Nordic races available at www.summittiming.com and alpine races at www.ussalivetiming.com.
    ...

    WHAT TO LOOK FOR: The Buffs will still be a little short-handed on the alpine side due to injuries but there are plenty of members of the team who have had success at Red River. Alvar Alev, Hedda Baangman, Sondre Bollum, Nora Christensen, Anne Siri Lervik and Max Luukko have all recorded podium finishes there and Quinn Lehmkuhl has her best career race in both disciplines there while Tyler Terranova had his career best classic finish. The UNM Invitational is unique in both disciplines, with the altitude on the Nordic side being the highest of any races all season and the fact no giant slalom is contended on the alpine side. While every regular season meet is important, the overarching theme of this week is to get better and maintain the path toward the remaining meets down the road.
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    And, it looks like the women's Nordic team got the team off to a perfect 1-2-3 start!


    (Full women's results at http://summittiming.com/race_result...al/friday_classic/live_results_for_women.html .)
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    Other live timings-
    Men's Nordic - http://summittiming.com/race_results/2019/unm_invitational/friday_classic/live_results_for_men.html
    (This race also looks completed, and without doing any detailed calculating, I'm thinking the Buffs also narrowly won this one with a 1-6-7 finish, which should be a little ahead of Utah, who finished 3-5-8.)

    Men's slalom (For Friday) - https://vola.ussalivetiming.com/race/usa-nm-red-river-new-mexico-true-unm-home-meet_7309.html
    (Pending anything crazy happening in the 2nd runs, looks like this is going to be a tough result for the Buffs, as they were only in 22nd, 33rd, 39th and 50th after the 1st run.)

    Women's slalom (For Friday) - https://vola.ussalivetiming.com/race/usa-nm-red-river-new-mexico-true-unm-home-meet_7310.html
    (The women are in somewhat better shape after the 1st run, being in 2nd (CHRISTENSEN), 15th, 23rd and 28th. 4 other teams have at least 2 racers in the top 10, however, so the Buff women will have to also play catch-up to avoid losing too many points to the DU's and Utah's of the world.)
     
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    The Buffs in the lead after day 1 of 2.



    Direct link - https://cubuffs.com/news/2019/2/1/skiing-buffs-take-lead-at-new-mexico-invitational.aspx

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    By: Curtis Snyder, Assistant AD/Sports Information
    Release: February 01, 2019

    RED RIVER, N.M.—A women's Nordic sweep, two race wins and nine total top 10 performances fueled the University of Colorado ski team to a lead at the midpoint of the New Mexico Invitational here at Red River Ski Area and Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski Area.

    Junior Anne Siri Lervik and senior Alvar Alev both won the classic races while sophomore Hedda Baangman (second) and freshman Ezra Smith (third) gave the Buffs a sweep of the 7.5K women's race, the first race sweep for any team in the RMISA this season. Senior Christina Rolandsen gave the Buffs four in top six of the women's race. On the men's side, freshman Wyatt Gebhardt (sixth) and freshman Erik Dengerud (seventh) both earned top 10 finishes while sophomore Sondre Bollum (11th) and junior Andrew Potyk (12th) gave the Buffs five in the top 12.

    Senior Nora Christensen earned her eighth career podium with a runner-up in the women's slalom race and freshman Stef Fleckenstein took eighth to offset some struggles in the men's race.
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    WHAT IT MEANS: The Buffs literally had the highest of highs, earning maximum points in women's Nordic, and the lowest of lows, scoring the fewest points in the men's slalom race. The good news is the Buffs are still leading despite that fact due to the depth of the other teams. The men's alpine team, which has recorded 11 top 10 finishes on the season, will be boosted when freshman Filip Forejtek returns to action. The women's team will also be boosted with Tommy's return.

    NOTEWORTHY: The sweep of the women's Nordic race is the first podium sweep in the RMISA this season. It's the first podium sweep for the Buffs since the men's alpine team swept the podium here at New Mexico in 2016 and the first sweep for women's Nordic since 2013 when the Buffs swept the podium at the RMISA Championships. Lervik won her first career race and recorded her seventh career podium appearance. She has finished in the top 10 in all five races this season. Baangman's second place finish is the eighth career podium for her and fourth of the season in four races. She has finished first or second in all three classic races this season. Smith earned her first career podium in third place, also marking her first career top five finish and second top 10. Rolandsen's sixth place finish is her 28th career top 10 finish and she has finished between fifth and ninth in all five races this season. Alev's win is the third of his career and first of the season. He broke out of a mini slump of sorts, earning his first top five and first podium of the season. It's his sixth career podium and eighth top five finish. Gebhardt's sixth place finish is his best finish of his career and his first top 10 finish in a classic race. Christensen earned her second straight podium and her second place finish is the best of the season. She earned her eighth career podium finish. Fleckenstein had her best career finish in eighth place and it's her first top 10 in a slalom race to go with two other top 10s in GS races this season, both ninth place finishes.

    QUOTEWORTHY:
    RIchard Rokos: "On the Nordic side, I hope this is how it will look for the rest of the season. The women with three experienced skiers and the rookie of the year (Ezra Smith), her performance has been fabulous and makes me feel good for the next three or four years. The guys did well, too, and they obviously hit the wax and the conditioning is where it should be."

    "Nora was consistent in slalom this year and she deserves to wear the leader bib. Stef's returning from an injury and gaining good confidence and is slowly returning to her potential. The guys are still going through some tough times. When you say it can't get any worse - which I thought it couldn't earlier this season - there is always an opportunity to do worse. Tomorrow is another day, and we will figure it out."

    UP NEXT: The second half of the New Mexico Invitational will take place Saturday with another set of slalom races on the alpine side and the 5K freestyle races on the Nordic side.

    NEW MEXICO INVITATIONAL TEAM RESULTS (through 4 of 8 events)—1. Colorado 302; 2. Utah 280.5; 3. Montana State 274; 4. New Mexico 268; 5. Denver 261; 6. Alaska Anchorage 209.5; 7. Alaska Fairbanks 100; 8. Westminster 51; 9. Colorado Mountain 39.
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    Full results - https://cubuffs.com/documents/2019/2/1//SKI_RESULTS_2019_UNM_Invitational_Day_1.pdf
     
  22. AztecBuff

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    Still not seeing live results links for today's Nordic races at http://summittiming.com/races/race_results.php, even though I'd assume the women are supposed to be on the course (if it's on schedule).

    For Alpine-
    Men's results - https://vola.ussalivetiming.com/race/usa-nm-red-river-new-mexico-true-unm-home-meet_7311.html
    (As I type this, looks like it's late in the 1st run. The men are in a little better shape than yesterday, but still generally farther back than I'd assume they'd want to be at 12-22-30-34-36.)

    Women's results - https://vola.ussalivetiming.com/race/usa-nm-red-river-new-mexico-true-unm-home-meet_7312.html
     
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    Buffs end up just a little behind the utes in the final points race in New Mexico.



    Direct link - https://cubuffs.com/news/2019/2/2/skiing-buffs-finish-second-at-unm-invitational.aspx

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    By: Curtis Snyder, Assistant AD/Sports Information
    Release: February 02, 2019

    RED RIVER, N.M.—The University of Colorado ski team battled back and forth all day with Pac-12 rival Utah, and in the end the Utes edged the Buffaloes by just 14.5 points at the New Mexico Invitational here at the Red River and Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski Areas.

    The Buffs did rack up nine top 10 performances on the day, six in Nordic and three in alpine. Senior Nora Christensen and junior Anne Siri Lervik both earned podium performances for the second straight day to lead their respective races. After the Buffs edged the Utes by 6.5 points at the Montana State Invitational, the two teams are now just separated by eight points combined over the last two meets.

    "We have to get out of the slump on the men's (alpine) side," CU coach Richard Rokos said. "What's hurting us is the seeding, how they're starting. Joey Young is the only one in the top seed in slalom. We also need to get healthy and get Filip (Forejtek) back, that will help."

    TEAM: Utah outscored the Buffs by 36 points, turning a 21.5 point deficit into a 14.5 point victory, 605.5-591. In Nordic action, the Utes edged the Buffs by 14 points as the two teams went 1-2 in the women's race with Utah scoring 100 points to the Buffs 84. CU then edged the Utes in men's Nordic, 79-77, as the teams finished second and third in that race. The Utes outscored the Buffs men's alpine team by 30, 76-46, and while the women's alpine team outscored the Utes 80-72, it wasn't enough to bring the rollercoaster all the way back to even. Host New Mexico took third place with 563 points, 42.5 behind Utah, while Montana State took fourth with 534 points and Denver rounded out the top five with 497 points.
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    NOTEWORTHY: Christensen's third place is her third straight podium, the longest stretch of her career, and she now has nine career podium performances. She and Luukko both skied in their 50th career race Saturday. Luukko has finished an amazing 49 of those 50 races while Christensen has finished an impressive 45 of her 50 career races. Fleckenstein had her best career finish for the second straight day, taking sixth, and she now has two top 10 finishes in both GS and slalom this season. Gerrard's 12th place finish and Harsch's 19th are both career bests and are both their respective second career top 20 finish. Young earned his sixth top 10 of the season, taking 10th in the slalom, and he now has 12 top 10s in 19 career finished races. Lervik earned her second straight podium and eighth of her career, taking third in the women's freestyle race. Christensen took sixth and continued her consistent run of finishes, having now finished between fifth and ninth in all six races this season. She has 29 career top 10 finishes in 38 career races. Smith continues her stellar rookie season with an eighth place finish, her best in a freestyle race and first career top 10 for the discipline. WIth Utah's win, they now come within a half-meet lead for the most since skiing went coed in 1983. In that time, the Buffs have won 62 meets and the Utes 61.5. The two have won all three meets in 2019.

    QUOTEWORTHY:
    Richard Rokos: "It was an excellent day, the weather was perfect and the snow was good. Our women's alpine team did well today with three in the top 10 or 12 and the Nordic teams seem invincible. They seem to always be getting at least three in the top 10 with some different skiers stepping up at different points."

    "On the men's alpine side, we're hurting a little with the seeding, not starting early in races. That and injuries, we still have several skiers at varying stages of rehab. Good health will be the key element and the rest will straighten it out. When we get to Alaska it may not be much better, but if we can all get a good results in the first two races, we'll be in better shape for Regionals. A lot of that depends on how good the snow will be at Girdwood (in Alaska). Hopefully Filip will be back for Alaska and Mikale will rejoin us, so we will be at full strength for the first time this college season. I'm really looking forward to that."

    UP NEXT: The Buffs have two weeks before the start of the UAA Invitational. The teams will be in Alaska from Feb. 17-24 with the UAA Invite serving as the final regular season meet and then the Buffs will partake in the 2019 RMISA Championships while in Alaska. On the Nordic side, the teams will race in shorter freestyle races on Feb. 17 and then sprint races will be the other half of Nordic for that meet. The teams will then take a day off before the RMISA Championship races on Feb. 20 and 22, those two mirroring the NCAA Championships with 5/10K freestyle races followed by 15/20K classic races. The alpine schedule is more condensed and will take place Feb. 21-24. GS races will take place Feb. 21-22 followed by slalom races on Feb. 23-24. The first race of each discipline will count toward the UAA meet while the second will be the RMISA Championship and NCAA Western Regional.

    NEW MEXICO INVITATIONAL TEAM RESULTS (FINAL)—1. Utah 605.5; 2. Colorado 591; 3. New Mexico 563; 4. Montana State 534; 5. Denver 497; 6. Alaska Anchorage 377.5; 7. Alaska Fairbanks 191; 8. Westminster 172; 9. Colorado Mountain 56.
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    Full results - https://cubuffs.com/documents/2019/2/2//SKI_RESULTS_2019_UNM_Invitational_FINAL.pdf
     
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    This is really outstanding reporting. Thanks @AztecBuff for keeping us informed.
     

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