WINTER PARK, Colo. – Denver owns a slim three-point margin against Utah in the 2011 Denver Invitational with the giant slalom races now in the books.

Denver picked up 230 points in the men’s and women’s races combined, followed by Utah’s 227. New Mexico is third just 18 points back with 212 while Colorado is fourth with 196 points. There’s then a margin then a final grouping with Alaska Anchorage (150), Westminster College (145) and Montana State (142) all within eight points. 

The men started the day and DU’s Seppi Stiegler thrashed the field by over a second-and-a-half, winning with a two-race time of 1:50.71, well ahead of a tight grouping in the next four skiers with New Mexico’s Armin Triendl finishing second in 1:52.23, followed by Colorado’s Andreas Haug (1:52.25), Utah’s Jeremy Elliot (1:52.31) and New Mexico’s Petter Brenna (1:52.51) all within a quarter second of each other. 

In what’s believed to be either a first, or something that hasn’t occurred in recent memory, the top 10 finishers in the race were the same 10 skiers who placed in the top 10 in the GS the previous day in the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association Alpine Qualifier. Stiegler won both races. 

The team standings were close as well, for the first time seeing four teams rack up 100 or more points in the race, a first since this scoring system was adapted prior to last year. New Mexico scored 114 points, Denver 111, Colorado 107 and Utah 105. 

On the women’s side, Utah’s Tii-Maria Romar won her second race of the season in a time of 2:03.01. Denver’s Ida Dillingoeen took second in 2:03.38 and the Utes’ Eva Huckova was third in 2:03.76, giving them two podium appearances. New Mexico’s Anne Cecilie Brusletto took fourth in a time of 2:04.25 followed closely by Alaska Anchorage’s Alex Parker in fifth in a time of 2:04.39.

Utah scored an impressive 122 points with Denver just three points back with 119 points. New Mexico barely missed the century mark with 98 points.