Steamboat Springs & Winter Park, Colo. --- In what is quickly becoming a recurring theme, Eva Severrus had a fifth straight podium finish, this time earning her first collegiate win as she beat out Sylvia Nordskar of Denver In the 15k freestyle at the Spencer Nelson Invitational. That win helped the Lobos maintain second place overall, five points ahead of third place host Colorado.
The win was the first of Severrus’ young career, and it gives her five straight podium finishes as she has three third place marks and a second place finish yesterday in the 5k classical. Joining her was Anni Nord, who not only had a sixth straight top 10 finish, but also tied her career best with a fourth place finish.
Andrea Lee provided great support in the third position for UNM with a 13th place finish. Heleene Tambet in her second race jumped up to 18th, and Anna Daudert finished 22nd.
Sitting in third place entering the final lap, Severrus made her move, passing both Nordskar and Marine Dusser of Alaska-Anchorage for the win.
“Overall it was a very good race by our women’s team. We had two skiers on the lead lap today and got a first and fourth-place finish, so I’m proud of them,” said head coach Fredrik Landstedt.
On the men’s side, the top three Lobos finished in a group, with Aku Nikander finishing eighth and Aljaz Praznik finishing ninth, his first top 10 finish of the season. Mats Resaland finished 11th to round out UNM’s top three.
While UNM’s women’s Nordic team is making waves, the Lobo men’s Alpine team is starting to really come on strong as the Lobos had three top 10 finishes in the slalom. Leading the way was Sean Horner, who clocked in at 1:36.20, just missing his first podium finish but still finishing fourth, besting his career and season bests.
Joonas Rasanen, the defending NCAA Champion in the slalom, saw his first action of the season, finishing eighth, and Michael Bansmer had his best run of the season at 1:37.44 to finish 10th. Bansmer hadn’t finished higher than 28th during the 2013-14 season.
Rounding out the men’s slalom was Mark Miller, who couldn’t break UNM’s top three despite a solid 13th place run. Scott Snow was 23rd, Juho-Pekka Penttinen was 24th and Armin Triendl was 28th.
On the women’s side, the squad was hurt as arguably UNM’s top two downhillers in Mateja Robnik and Karoline Myklebust each missed a gate (Robnik in her first run and Myklebust in her second). Courtney Altringer was UNM’s only top 10 finisher in the slalom, checking in eighth with a combined time of 1:42.85. Sydney Staples had a solid race to finish 12th, and Taylor Grauer scored for UNM, finishing 28th.
The Spencer Nelson Invitational concludes tomorrow with the giant slalom.