GIRDWOOD, Alaska—Denver's Simon Fournier and Colorado's Mikaela Tommy won the giant slalom races as the alpine teams got underway in Alaska on Thursday afternoon in the UAA Invitational.
Although Utah just edged Colorado in the men's team giant slalom, the Buffs had a strong women's alpine day to pull ahead in the team standings by 1.5 points, 474 to 472.5. Denver is also close behind with 452 points in third. Fourth is Alaska Anchorage (362), New Mexico fifth (360.5), Montana State sixth (237) with Alaska Fairbanks seventh (195), Westminster College eighth (80) and Colorado Mountain ninth (25). The slalom races for the meet will be held on Saturday, Feb. 23.
Both alpine and Nordic are in action on Friday for the RMISA Championships/NCAA Regional meet. The alpine teams race the giant slalom for the second-straight day while the Nordic teams compete in the classic distance races, 15-km for women and 20-km for men. Utah leads in the team standings after the Nordic freestyle races with 170 points, two ahead of Colorado.
Men's Giant Slalom
Team scores: Utah 75.5, Colorado 74, Denver 71, Alaska Anchorage 67, Montana State 63, Westminster College 44, New Mexico 43.5, Colorado Mountain 25
Women's Giant Slalom
Team scores: Colorado 88, New Mexico 70, Utah 66, Denver 65, Alaska Anchorage 54, Westminster College 36, Colorado Mountain 0
|Feb. 17||Denver's Joensuu, New Mexico's Groev Win Freestyle Races at UAA Invite, Colorado Leads after Day 1|
|Feb. 18||Utah's Richter, UAA's Roenning Win Classic Sprints as Utah takes Lead at UAA Invite|
|Feb. 21||DU's Fournier, CU's Tommy Win GS Races at UAA Invite, Buffs Jump Utes in Team Standings|
|Feb. 23||MSU's McCarthy, DU's Fornier Win Slalom Races as Utah Wins UAA Invite|