DENVER—Three student-athletes from the University of Denver and one Alaska Anchorage Seawolf have been named RMISA Skiers of the Meet for the 2024 Spencer James Nelson Colorado Invitational. UAA's Leon Nikic picks up the award in men's alpine, while CU's Magdalena Luczak (women's alpine), Anna-Maria Dietze (women's Nordic) and Magnus Boee (men's Nordic) also pick up accolades from the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association announced today.
Boee recorded a pair of top-five finishes and placed second in the men's 20K classic on Saturday at Howelsen Hill Ski Area with a time of 1:00:38.7. He began the meet on Friday by placing fourth in the 7.5K freestyle interval start with a time of 19:57.2.
Dietze won the women's 7.5K freestyle on Friday in 22:36.1 and added another podium on the weekend on Saturday. She finished third in the 20K classic as she completed the course in 1:07:40.1.
Luczak made her season debut this week after racing on the FIS Alpine World Cup circuit and recorded a pair of podiums. She had the fastest first run in the women's giant slalom and held on for the victory on Friday at Steamboat Resort's Mount Werner (1:51.02) and placed second on Saturday in the slalom at Howelsen Hill with a total time of 1:28.00, just 14-hundredths of a second off the lead.
Nikic continued his solid campaign on the alpine slopes, pacing the Seawolves with podium results in both alpine events. He finished third in the men's GS at 1:56.30, using the second-fastest second run to climb the leaderboard from 12th after his first descent. In men's slalom, he held his spot on the podium after the afternoon session and finished second overall with a time of 1:20.59 following the conclusion under the lights at Howelsen.
Skiers can only earn the award once per season and the winner is determined by the placement in the two discipline races of the meet.
Next up is the Denver Invitational, which begins with a pair of alpine slalom races on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 5-6 and Loveland Ski Area before the Nordic 10K classic on Friday, Feb. 9 and 5K freestyle on Saturday, Feb. 10 at Maloit Park in Minturn, Colorado.
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