CU Wins 4x5K Mixed Relay As Utes Claim Seawolf Title

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 • by Brooke Frederickson, RMISA

ANCHORAGE, Alaska—Behind Mads Stroem, Jesse Knori, Petter Reistad and Christian Rolandsen, Colorado won the 4x5-km mixed classic relay to close out the Seawolf Invitational on Wednesday afternoon. Utah came away with its first team meet win of the season with 665 points.

Utah's first team of Martin BergstrŲm, Guro Jordheim, Kevin Bolger and Merete Myrseth finished second overall. Also on the podium was Denver with Dag Trolleboe, Linn Eriksen, Moritz Madlener and Jasmi Joensuu in third. Following was New Mexico in fourth (Petteri Vaherkoski, Kati Roivas, Aljaz Praznik, Krista Niiranen), Alaska Anchorage in fifth (Toomas Kolo, Casey Wright, Zackarias Toresson, Hailey Swirbul) and Alaska Fairbanks in sixth (Jan Cech, Sarissa Lammers, Michael Fehrenback, Ann-Cathrin Uhl).

Utah, Alaska Anchorage and Denver each had two teams in the top 10. The Utes had the top two overall teams with their second team finishing seventh (Martin Mikkelsen, Natalia Mueller, Jacob Engstroem, Leah Lange). UAA's second team was ninth (Marcus Deuling, Hannah Rudd, Pietro Mosconi, Natalie Hynes) with Denver's second team 10th (Elvind Kvaale, Aja Starkey, Christian Shanley, Sylvia Nordskar). Montana State also had a team in the top 10 with an eighth-place run (Karsten Hokanson, Anika Miller, Noah Andersen, Kathleen O'Connell).

Each school had two teams scored with skiers racing in a male-female-male-female format. Each skier raced a one-lap 5-km.

The Utes had 665 points for their first meet win of the season. Denver finished second with 569 points followed by Colorado (549), Montana State (479) and New Mexico (464).

The RMISA Nordic teams continue in Alaska with the UAA Invitational. The women's 5-km and men's 10-km classical races are Saturday, Feb. 11, with the men's 20-km and women's 15-km freestyle on Sunday, Feb. 12.

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