Wolf Pack Ski Team 6th at Colorado Invitational

By: Nevada Release Email
By: Nevada Release Email

Senior All-American Chelsea Holmes turned in a pair of top 10 finishes in the Nordic races to lead the Nevada skiing team to a sixth-place finish at the Colorado Invitational, held Jan. 14-17 in Aspen and Eldora, Colo.

The Wolf Pack ended up sixth with 437 team points. Colorado entered the day a point and a half behind Denver but rallied to win its own invitational with 564.5 team points. The Buffs bested Denver by 23.5 points (541), while New Mexico (506), Utah (468.5) and Alaska-Anchorage (451) rounded out the top five.

For Nevada, Holmes was the team’s top finisher in both of the women’s Nordic races, ending up third in the women’s 5K classical on Friday with a time of 16:28.6 and sixth in the women’s 21K freestyle on Saturday with a time of 1:05:35.3. Junior Kristin Ronnestrand turned in an eighth-place finish in the women’s 5K (16:43.9) on Friday, while freshman Åse Carlson was ninth in the women’s 21k freestyle with a time of 1:07:12.8 on Saturday.

In the men’s events, sophomore Jonathan Pluvinet finished in fourth place in Friday’s men’s 10K classical with a time of 28:34.3. Senior Lutz Preussler turned in 11th-place finishes in both men’s Nordic races, turning in a time of 29:16.5 in the men’s 10K on Friday and 56:23.6 in the 21K freestyle on Saturday.

Nevada returns to action Feb. 5-7, heading to the Denver Invitational at Winter Park & Devils Thumb ,Colo.

Colorado Invitational - Jan. 14-17 - Final Results

Team Scores: 1. Colorado 564.5; 2. Denver 541; 3. New Mexico 506; 4. Utah 468.5; 5. Alaska-Anchorage 451; 6. Nevada 437; 7. Montana State 382; 8. Whitman 165; 9. Wyoming.

Men’s 10K Classical (Friday): 1. Vegard Kjoelhamar, Colorado, 27:24.1. Nevada Finishers: 4. Jonathan Pluvinet 28:34.3; 11. Lutz Preussler 29:16.5; 23. Vincent Caccamo 30:00.9; 36. Samuel Newcomer 32:47.1; 38. Gustavo Johnson 33:18.8; 40. Charlie Smith 33:30.2; 41. August Brautigam 33:37.3; DNF. Elias Bucher.

Women’s 5K Classical (Friday): 1. Maria Grevsgaard, Colorado, 15:40.7. Nevada Finishers: 3. Chelsea Holmes 16:28.6; 8. Kristin Ronnestrand 16:43.6; 25. Åse Carlson 18:03.7.

Men’s 21K Freestyle (Saturday): Matt Gelso, Colorado, 53:38.8. Nevada Finishers: 11. Lutz Preussler 56:23.6; 13. Jonathan Pluvinet 56:56.7; 18. Elias Bucher 57:53.4; 28. Vincent Caccamo 1:00:09.7; 30. August Brautigam 1:00:25.9; 33. Samuel Newcomer 1:01:31.6; 34. Charlie Smith 1:01:42.8; 36. Gustavo Johnson 1:02.30.4.

Women’s 21K Freestyle (Saturday): 1. Maria Grevsgaard, Colorado, 1:01:16.3. Nevada Finishers: 6. Chelsea Holmes 1:05:35.3; 9. Åse Carlson 1:07:12.8; 18. Kristin Ronnestrand 1:10:55.6.


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