RMISA Schools Travel To Nordic Portion Of Utah Invitational

Monday, January 15, 2018 • by Brooke Frederickson, RMISA

WEST YELLOWSTONE, Mont.—The RMISA will head to West Yellowstone, Mont., for the second-straight week for the Nordic races of the Utah Invitational. The women’s and men’s 15- and 20-km freestyle races compete on Thursday, Jan. 18, with the 5- and 10-km classic races on Friday, Jan. 19, at Rendezvous Ski Trails.

The races were originally scheduled in Utah but were moved to Montana due to local ski conditions.

Live results will be available at www.sportstats.us.

Denver leads the Utah Invitational following the alpine events with 329 points, followed by Montana State (293.5), Colorado (273), New Mexico (258) and Utah.

Colorado won the first full meet of the season with 658 points at the Montana State Invitational. Utah finished second (581.5) followed by Denver (561), Montana State (534) and Alaska Anchorage (419) for the top five teams.

The alpine teams return to action with the New Mexico Invitational, Feb. 3-4.

Men’s Nordic Notes

  • Utah’s Martin Bergstroem has won three of four races this season.
  • Denver’s Dag Trolleboe has been on the podium in every race and also has a win.
  • Bergstroem and Trolleboe are the only two skiers who have been in the top five in every race.
  • Bergstroem, Trolleboe, Denver’s Eivind Kvaale, Utah’s Haakon Hjelstuen and Denver’s Petter Reistad are the five skiers who have been in the top 10 in every race. Each has at least one top five finish.
  • Other skiers with top five finishes include Montana State’s Erik Axelsson, Colorado’s Alvar Johannes Alev, Colorado’s Sondre Bollum and Montana State’s Karsten Hokanson.
  • Utah’s has been the top-scoring men’s Nordic team in both scored races this season.

Women’s Nordic Notes

  • A different skier has won all four races this year: Colorado’s Petra Hyncicova, Colorado’s Hedda Baangman, Utah’s Guro Jordheim and Denver’s Jasmi Joensuu.
  • Hyncicova has been on the podium in every race.
  • Alaska Anchorage’s Hailey Swirbul and Hyncicova have placed in the top five in every race. Swirbul is second in the league with three podium finishes.
  • Colorado’s Christina Rolandsen has been in the top 10 in every race along with Hyncicova, Swirbul and Baangman.
  • Other skiers with at least one top five finish are Montana State’s Emma Tarbath, Montana State’s Johanna Taliharm, Colorado’s Anne Siri Lervik and Alaska Anchorage’s Casey Wright.
  • 20 different skiers have earned a top-10 finish this year.
  • Colorado’s has been the top-scoring women’s Nordic team in both scored races this season.

RMISA Skiers of the Week (Jan. 15)
Montana State Invitational
Women’s Nordic: Utah’s Guro Jordheim (1st FS, 3rd CL)
Men’s Nordic: Utah’s Martin Bergstroem (1st FS, 1st CL)

Utah Invitational
Women’s alpine: Denver’s Andrea Komsic (3rd SL, T4th GS)
Men’s alpine: New Mexico’s Vegard Busengdal (1st SL, 4th GS)

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