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CU Skiing: Reid wins at junior nationals; other Buffs also perform well

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  1. Buffnik

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    Mar 20, 2009
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    Press release from CU:

    BOULDER University of Colorado sophomore Joanne Reid won the 5K junior freestyle race at the United States Cross Country National Championships in Rumford, Maine, Thursday and Friday was named to the U.S. Ski Team’s World Junior Championship squad by the United States Ski and Snowboard Association.

    Reid will compete in the Junior World Cross Country Championships in Otepaa, Estonia, January 25-31. Athletes could prequalify for the Junior World Championships with outstanding performances at Super Tour events throughout the last year, but the teams were primarily selected based on results from the U.S. National Championships, which wrap up in Maine Saturday.

    On top of her Junior National Championship performance Thursday, Reid took home fourth place in the 1.4K junior classical sprint races on Sunday and 43rd in the 10K classical race on Wednesday, in which she competed with all age levels.

    Four other Buffs are at the U.S. National Championships with Reid. Eliska Hajkova took home second place Sunday in the 1.4K classic sprint races and then finished eighth in the 10K classic race Wednesday. Alexa Turzian took home 12th place in the women’s 15K freestyle race and 51st in the 10K classic race and newcomer Briana Perkins took sixth in the U-23 1.4K classic sprint race Sunday and 53rd in the 10K classic race. On the men’s side, Reid Pletcher took 13th in the 1.6K men’s classic sprint race and 33rd in the 15K classic race.

    Action concludes at the National Championships with the 1.4K women’s and 1.6K men’s freestyle sprint races on Saturday.

    In alpine action, three Buffs were in action late this week leading up to the start of the 2011 season, which begins Saturday in the Utah Invitational in Park City, Utah. Andreas Haug and Gabriel Rivas were competing in Nor-Am Cup races in Quebec while Katie Hartman finished up her pre-collegiate season schedule with a 12th and 13th place showing in slalom Nor-Am Cup races in Sunday River, Maine. Haug took home a second place finish in a giant slalom race at Mt. Garceau, Quebec, and finished 17th in another giant slalom race while Rivas took home 12th in one of the races and didn’t finish the other. Rivas won one of the two slalom races earlier in the week in Val St. Come.

    Hartman, Haug and Rivas are en route to Utah to meet up with the rest of the Buffaloes’ alpine squad. The season will kick off with giant slalom races Saturday and the slalom races on Sunday. The Nordic portion of the Utah Invitational takes place later in January due to the conflict with the U.S. National Championships.


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