Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club alum and current University of Utah skier Sarah MacCarthy took part in the classic cross-country event  Thursday at the NCAA Skiing Championships at Howelsen Hill.

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Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club alum and current University of Utah skier Sarah MacCarthy took part in the classic cross-country event Thursday at the NCAA Skiing Championships at Howelsen Hill.

Colorado skiers take classic races Thursday at NCAA championship

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University of Colorado senior Matt Gelso did everything he could to keep his team in the NCAA championship hunt Thursday in the men’s 10-kilometer classic race, and in the process he erased tough results from his previous two years.

Gelso finished first in 29 minutes, 25.5 seconds, after struggling at the previous two national championships.

University of Vermont’s Franz Bernstein was second in 29:49.7, and University of Nevada’s Charlie Smith was third in 29:54.

“This is good,” Gelso said. “It gives us some confidence and gives us some points. Team-wise, it’s good; and confidence-wise, it’s good.”

On the women’s side, University of Denver skier Antje Maempel won the 5-kilometer race in 16:03.4. Dartmouth College’s Rosie Brennan was second in 16:50.1, and Denver’s Mari Elden was third in 17:07.1.

With Maempel and Elden on the podium, and a dominant performance in Wednesday’s giant slalom, Denver appeared to be in clear control of the team race. But thanks in large part to Gelso and teammate Vegard Kjoelhamar’s fourth-place finish, Colorado is right in the thick of things.

Denver leads with 420 points. Colorado is second with 351 points, the University of New Mexico is third with 319 points, and the University of Utah is fourth with 300.5 points.

Gelso, a California native, had the third-fastest split at the 5-kilometer mark. With the wind blowing and snow falling, Gelso said he went with a slightly different strategy on his quasi-home course.

Gelso said he knew the course well after skiing it two weeks ago at the regional championships.

“A key on this course, it seems counterintuitive to go out super hard, but it works,” said Gelso, who picked up his fifth straight win Thursday and became the first American-born racer to win a cross-country National Championship since Dartmouth’s Glenn Randall did so in 2008. “The first (kilometer) is the hardest part of the course. Put time in on people there, and if you can hold it together the rest of the course, you’re OK.”

Gelso and Bernstein were just seconds apart at the 7.5-kilometer mark, before Gelso broke away the last quarter of the race.

“He made a move, and I couldn’t follow that,” said Bernstein, who is originally from Germany.

Maempel really had no challengers. On a drier and colder snow than the men skied on, Maempel attacked from the beginning. By the time she hit the halfway point, the only question was how much she would win by.

“I had a really good season,” she said. “I knew I could win if everything works out. I just felt great this morning, but just from the beginning. This course is basically over after 3K. You just want to start hard.”

Action continues today with slalom races at Howelsen Hill. The men’s first run is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. with the women’s to follow at 7:30 p.m. Second runs should begin at about 8:30 and 9:30 p.m.

Women’s 5-Kilometer Classic

Thursday

  1. Antje Maempel, DU, 16:03.4
  2. Rosie Brennan, DAR, 16:50.1
  3. Mari Elden, DU, 17:07.1
  4. Joanne Reid, CU, 17:09.9
  5. Kaelin Kiesel, MSU, 17:11.8
  6. Polina Ermoshina, UNM, 17:14.3
  7. Eliska Hajkova, CU, 17:17.4
  8. Laura DeWitt, NMU, 17:19.4
  9. Caitlin Patterson, UVM, 17:25.6
  10. Maria Graefnings, UN, 17:25.8
  11. Aurelia Korthauer, UAF, 17:30.3
  12. Laura Rombach, UAA, 17:37.0
  13. Kate Dolan, DU, 17:38.5
  14. Stephanie Hiemer, UAA, 17:38.9

15.Theresia Schnurr, UAF, 17:42.5

  1. Casey Kutz, MSU, 17:42.9
  2. Katie Bono, DAR, 17:58.5
  3. Natalie Ruppertsberger, BAT, 18:02.4
  4. Alexa Turzian, CU, 18:10.4
  5. Ida Sargent, DAR, 18:15.6
  6. Natasha Kullas. UNH, 18:18.9
  7. Kristin Ronnestrand, UN, 18:23.5
  8. Jennie Bender, UVM, 18:27.4
  9. Monica Marksvarden, NMU, 18:27.5
  10. Jaime Bronga, UAA, 18:41.5
  11. Caitlin Curran, UVM, 18:44.9
  12. Zoe Roy, UU, 18:48.0
  13. Henna Riikonen-Purtsi, MTU, 19:00.9
  14. Lucy Garrec, CBC, 19:21.4
  15. Claire Egan, WC, 19:22.3
  16. Lauren Fritz, MID, 19:22.9
  17. Carolyn Freeman, UWG, 19:29.2
  18. Lnn Klaesson, UNM, 19:34.9
  19. Rose Kemp, UU, 19:36.3
  20. Sarah MacCarthy, UU, 19:38.6
  21. Alice Nelson, WIL, 19:40.1
  22. Christina Gillis, NMU, 19:44.0
  23. Anya Bean, UNH, 20:19.3
  24. Mellie Park, MSU, 20:23.1

Men’s 10-kilometer Classic

  1. Matt Gelso, CU, 29:25.5
  2. Franz Bernstein, UVM, 29:49.7
  3. Charlie Smith, UN, 29:54.0
  4. Vegard Kjoelhamar, CU, 29:54.5
  5. Martin Kaas, UNM, 29:57.1
  6. Bernhard Roenning, MSU, 30:01.6
  7. Pierre Niess, UNM, 30:03.6
  8. Miles Havlick, UU, 30:09.3
  9. Michael Schallinger, UAA, 30:11.0
  10. Dylan McGuffin, UNH, 30:17.9
  11. Patrick Johnson, MID, 30:32.2
  12. Tor-Hakon Hellebostad, UNM, 30:38.0
  13. Santiago Ocariz, UWG, 30:40.0
  14. Ryan Scott, MSU, 30:41.0
  15. Dimitri Luthi, WIL, 30:41.9
  16. Martin Liljemark, UU, 30:47.1
  17. Didrik Smith, UU, 30:47.4
  18. Kristian Soerlund, DU, 30:47.4
  19. Andrew Dougherty, DU, 30:49.1
  20. Jesper Ostensen, CU, 30:49.8
  21. Lex Treinen, UAA, 30:49.9
  22. John Parry, UAF, 30:52.7
  23. Harald Loevenskiold, DU, 30:59.2
  24. Patrick O’Brien, DAR, 30:59.5
  25. Tyler Kornfield, UAF, 31:00.0
  26. Kevin Cutts, NMU, 31:01.1
  27. Nils Koons, DAR, 31:01.3
  28. George Cartwright, NMU, 31:16.1
  29. Oskar Lund, MTU, 31:22.8
  30. Chris Bowler, NMU, 31:24.2
  31. Elias Bucher, UN, 31:24.7
  32. Eric Packer, DAR, 31:42.2
  33. Benjamin Knowles, SLU, 31:55.1
  34. Jens Brabbit, GAC, 31:57.6
  35. Tyler Reinking, MSU, 32:13.3
  36. Wyatt Fereday, CBC, 32:24.1
  37. Tor Christopherson, UAA, 32:24.3
  38. Eric Wolcott, SLU, 32:32.8
  39. Zachary Wetherell, SLU, 32:58.4.

NCAA Championship Team Scores

(4 of 8 events)

  1. Denver 420
  2. Colorado 351
  3. New Mexico 319
  4. Utah 300.5
  5. Vermont 287.5
  6. Dartmouth 275
  7. Alaska-Anchorage 233
  8. Montana State 185
  9. New Hampshire 155
  10. Middlebury 137.5
  11. Nevada 126
  12. Northern Michigan 88
  13. Alaska-Fairbanks 87
  14. Williams 73
  15. Colby 66.5
  16. Bates 52
  17. Wisconsin-Green Bay 35
  18. St. Lawrence 32
  19. Michigan Tech 23
  20. Wellesley 10

21 (tie). St. Michael’s and Gustavus Adolphus 6

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