Teams Prepare for Montana State Invitational

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 • by Brooke Frederickson, RMISA

BOZEMAN, Mont.—The RMISA heads to Montana this weekend for the Montana State Invitational.

First on the schedule is an RMISA giant slalom qualifier at Bridger Bowl Ski Area on Wednesday, Jan. 16. The RMISA giant slalom qualifier does not count towards any team scoring and is used as an extra opportunity for skiers to earn qualification points for the NCAA Championships at the end of the season.

The Montana State Invitational begins on Thursday, Jan. 17, with the giant slalom races, followed by the slalom races on Friday, Jan. 18. The Nordic teams begin on Friday with the 5- and 10-km freestyle races, followed by the 15- and 20-km classic races on Saturday, Jan. 19. The cross country races will be held at Crosscut Mountain Sports Center.

Also on Saturday, the men's slalom race of the Colorado Invitational, which was postponed due to heavy snow, will be held. The Utes lead that meet by 85 points over Denver, 602 to 517, with one race remaining.

Women's Nordic

  • Utah's Guro Jordheim, last year's RMISA women's Nordic Athlete of the Year, picked up where she left off last season by sweeping both the freestyle and classic races in Colorado. She has nine career wins.
  • Colorado's Hedda Baangman also finished on the podium in both races last weekend.
  • Utah's Karianne Moe (classic) and Denver's Taeler McCrerey (freestyle) each had a podium finish last weekend.
  • In addition to Jordheim and Baangman, Alaska Fairbanks' Kati Roivas finished in the top five in both races. It was Roivas' best finishes since 2016, when she was an All-American at New Mexico.

Men's Nordic

  • A pair of newcomers to the league won their first career races last weekend, New Mexico's Kornelius Groev (freestyle) and Alaska Anchorage's Sigurd Roenning (classic). Both finished on the podium in both races.
  • Also on the podium in both races was Utah's Logan Diekmann, his first career podium finishes.
  • Utah's Ola Jordheim, also a newcomer to the circuit, was also in the top five in both races last weekend, while New Mexico's Ricardo Izquierdo-Bernier finished in the top 10 in both races last weekend.
  • Utah's Noelle Keeffe was named to the Junior World Championship team which will compete at the FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships in Lahti, Finland, from Jan. 19-27.

Women's Alpine

  • Denver's Tuva Norbye won both giant slalom races last weekend and was the only skier to finish in the top three in all three races.
  • Utah's Roni Remme won last weekend's slalom race for her third career victory. She finished on the podium in both races she competed last weekend.
  • Utah's Eirin Engeset also finished on the podium in two races in her collegiate debut.
  • Montana State's Stephanie Gartner and Denver's Amelia Smart each earned a podium finish last weekend.
  • New Mexico's Rebecca Fiegl finished in the top five in two races last weekend.

Men's Alpine

  • Denver's Tobias Kogler and Utah's Addison Dvoracek (formerly of Montana State) each won a giant slalom race last weekend. Kogler finished on the podium in both races.
  • Utah's Mark Engel, returning to the circuit after spending four years with the U.S. Ski Team, also finished on the podium in both races last weekend.
  • Newcomer Aage Solheim of Montana State had one podium finish and was one of three skiers in the top five in both races last weekend.
  • Others who earned a top-five finish last weekend were New Mexico's Tyler Theis, Denver's Jett Seymour and Utah newcomer Joachim Lein.

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