The Lobos earned 154 points, 22 points behind the leader Denver, and two points ahead of Utah. On Friday, the 5K women’s classical and the 10k men’s classical were run at Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Tomorrow is a busy day as the Nordic teams will compete in the 15k freestyle for the women and the 20k freestyle for the men, while the alpine teams will also compete in Winter Park, Colorado with the men’s and women’s slaloms.
Severrus continues to make a name for herself in her freshman season. After three straight podium finishes with third place marks, she had a season-best second place finish, covering the 5k course in 16:46.7, 23 seconds behind the winner Sylvia Nordskar of Denver.
“She is showing great consistency and it will be fun to see what she can do tomorrow, “ said head coach Fredrik Landstedt.
In Steamboat Springs, it wasn’t just Severrus, as Anni Nord, a junior from Tammela, Finland is on her way to her best season yet. Nord finished sixth, tying her career-high, and it marked her fifth top 10 finish of the year out of five races. The 1-2 punch of Severrus and Nord has finished in the top 10 nine times out of a possible 10.
Andrea Lee raced well also, finishing 12th. Heleene Tambet finished 24th in her first race of the season, and Anna Daudert finished 25th.
On the men’s side, it was also business as usual, especially for Mats Resaland, who clocked in the 10k at 28:41.2, good for a fifth place finish, missing the podium by 11 seconds, and first place by 13. For Resaland, it was a fifth straight top 10 finish. Aku Nikander joined him in the top 10, finishing eighth. Aljaz Praznik had his best compete run of the season in finishing 15th.
Head coach Fredrik Landstedt was pleased with the day. “Eva is continuing her streak of podium finishes and she skied a very strong race today challenging Sylvia for most of the race until falling a little bit short in the end. Anni also had a great race and a very strong finish in sixth and Andrea continues to improve finishing 12th. I am very happy with the women's team score today.
“For the men, Mats skied himself up to fifth after a very strong finish and being around 10th on the first lap. Aku was on the podium for most of the race but lost some seconds in the end, still finishing a strong 8th. Aljaz was in third halfway through the race and had some problems with his asthma on the second lap. It was still a very good race for him and he learned today that he has the speed to ski with the top guys.”
“Overall, it was a very good team day and it is a good feeling being second when we know that we can ski better than this.”