The UNM Nordic men continued to dominate here in Red River New Mexico on the second day of their own invite, taking the top four spots in the men’s 10km freestyle race. Martin Kaas won for the second day in a row while he’s team mates followed close behind. Tor-Hakon Hellebostad took second only 0.4 seconds behind and Pierre Niess followed in third 4 seconds behind Kaas.
In the women’s race freshmen Maria Graefnings skiing for Nevada easily won the women’s 10km freestyle race. Antje Maemple from DU took second 39 seconds behind and Kate Dolan from DU was third 50 seconds behind the Graefnings.
Today’s race saw a new race format in the RMISA circuit – a team start format. Each team started together with a 90 second interval between each team.The start order was randomly drawn at the coaches meeting the day before. Each team could use whatever tactic they saw best for their team although each skiers individual times made up the final result list. You could either work together or fight for your own time.
In the men’s race the UNM men worked very well together and sprinted it out between themselves at the finish line. The next meet for the RMISA skiers will be in California when Nevada hosts their home meet up in the Donner Pass area Feb 19-20.
Final Nordic standings UNM Invite:
The overall win at the UNM Invite inclduing Alpine was the host UNM with 961 points, CU took second with 801 points and DU rounded out the top three with 785 points