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CUBuffs.com: Stroem Sweeps As Skiers Finish Second At NCAA Championships

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  1. RSSBot

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    Four top 10 finishes weren't enough Saturday for the defending national champion CU ski team, as the Buffaloes finished second at the NCAA's.
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    STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Four top 10 finishes in the Nordic freestyle race here Saturday weren’t enough for the defending national champion University of Colorado ski team, as the Buffaloes fought hard in moving up to spots into a second place finish in the 63rd NCAA Skiing Championships.

    Denver took over the lead with three events remaining and pulled away in winning its 23rd NCAA ski title, racking up 567.5 points. Colorado had to settle for second with 491.5 points, the 10th time the Buffaloes have earned runner-up honors in addition to its 19 NCAA titles (and 20 overall). A great Nordic performance did allow CU to leapfrog Pac-12 rival Utah, which finished third (485); Montana State finished fourth (406), its highest finish in its history, and Dartmouth took fifth (335).

    Western schools continued their dominance, now placing at least three in the top four 31 times in the 34 meets since the sport went coed in 1983; this was the fifth time the west swept the top four spots.

    “For the whole duration of the championship, there was a string of unfortunate events for us, but in the end there was a surprise,” CU head coach Richard Rokos said. “The women had a fantastic Nordic race. It was a surprise for all of us. Jesse Knori finishing in fifth makes her the star of the day. It was a very honorable race.”

    “We were behind the 8-ball from the start with our troubles in the giant slalom,” he added. “It would have made today even more interesting if we’d have had those lost points the way the Nordics performed. Regardless, congratulations to DU, they did what they had to do.”

    Colorado junior Mads Stroem pulled away from a lead pack of five skiers with roughly 400 meters remaining and then held off Denver’s Moritz Madlener in posting a 49:41.9 time in the men’s 20-kilometer freestyle. Stroem lurked in the middle of the lead pack through, hanging in fourth, fourth and then third after each of the first five splits before making his move. Madlener ended up 1.7 seconds back of Stroem.

    NCAA Skiing Championship Team Scores (Final, 8 events)— 1. Denver 567½; 2. Colorado 491½; 3. Utah 485; 4. Montana State 406; 5. Dartmouth 335; 6. New Mexico 317½; 7. Vermont 310; 8. Northern Michigan 217; 9. Alaska-Anchorage 179½; 10. New Hampshire 151; 11. Middlebury 133; 12. Colby 107; 13. Alaska-Fairbanks 97; 14. Williams 86; 15. St. Michael’s 50; 16. Plymouth State 27; 17. Michigan Tech 19; 18. St. Scholastica 6; 19. Bates 1; 20. Harvard and Wisconsin-Green Bay 0.

    Men’s 20-Kilometer Classical (38 finishers)1. Mads Stroem, CU, 49:41.9; 2. Moritz Madlener, DU, 49:43.6; 3. Niklas Persson, Utah, 50:00.6; 4. Ian Torchia, NMU, 50:22.1; 5. Adam Martin, NMU, 50:39.7; 6. Eli Hoenig, Williams, 50:43.2; 7. Kevin Bolger, Utah, 50:47.4; 8. Jack Hegman, UVM, 50:49.5; 9. Petter Reistad, CU, 51:17.3; 10. Dag Trolleboe, DU, 51:24.2. Other CU Finisher: 19. Arnaud DuPasquier, 52:46.3.

    Women’s 15-Kilometer Classical (38 finishers)— 1. Linn Eriksen, DU, 54:37.6; 2. Katie Roivas, UNM, 54:57.5; 3. Ane Johnsen, CU, 54:58.8; 4. Veronica Kayerhofer, Utah, 55:06.0; 5. Jesse Knorri, CU, 55:13.8; 6. Aja Starkey, DU, 55:20.5; 7. Nicole Bathe, UAF, 55:22.1; 8. Emilie Cedervaern, UNM, 55:22.5; 9. Olivia Amber, Colby, 55:30.7; 10. Eva Severrus, UNM, 55:39.8. Other CU Finisher: 17. Petra Hyncicova, 56:24.2.
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  2. AztecBuff

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    Once again, congrats to the Buffs for the strong 2nd place finish.


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