CU Leads MSU Invite; Buffs' Hyncicova & Utes' Bolger Win Freestyle Races

Saturday, January 14, 2017 • by Brooke Frederickson, RMISA

BOZEMAN, Mont.—Colorado’s Petra Hyncicova and Utah’s Kevin Bolger each won their second races of the season in the freestyle races at Bohart Ranch at the Montana State Invitational on Saturday afternoon. Colorado continue to lead the MSU Invite through six races.

Colorado took two of the three spots on the podium in the women’s 5-km race with Ane Johnsen earning her first podium of the season, and placed three total in the top 10 as Christina Rolandsen finished sixth to give CU a race-high 104 points. New Mexico’s Krista Niiranen won her third podium of the year with a third-place finish. A pair of Utes finished fourth and fifth as Merete Myrseth (competing for the first time this season) placed fourth followed by Guro Jordheim for her second top-five finish of the year. Montana State also had two skiers in the top 10 with Kathleen O’Connell in seventh and Johanna Taliharm in 10th. Also in the top 10 was Alaska-Fairbanks Nichole Bathe in eighth and Denver’s Taeler McCrerey in ninth.

For the men, Denver and Utah each had three skiers in the top 10 of the 10-km race to tie for 86 points for the race. Behind Bolger for Utah was Martin Bergstroem in seventh and Martin Mikkelsen in 10th, both who struggled with illness last weekend for the Utes. Denver was led by Lars Hannah with his first podium of the season in third followed by Dag Frode Trolleboe in fifth and Eivind Kvaale in eighth. Colorado’s Petter Reistad picked up his second podium of the year with a second-place run. New Mexico placed two in the top 10 – Arnaud Guyon in sixth and Petteri Vaherkoski in ninth. Montana State’s Karsten Hokanson had his best finish of the year with a fourth-place run.

Colorado leads the MSU Invite with 504 points followed by Denver (452) and Utah (448.5). Montana State is fourth (374.5) with New Mexico in fifth (334).

Nordic continues at Bohart Ranch and the Montana State Invitational with the classical races (women's 15-km, men's 20-km). Live timing available here.

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