DENVER — Denver’s Kate Dolan led the way for the Pioneers at the Denver Invitational on Friday afternoon. Dolan finished second overall, leading the women to a team victory at Devil’s Thumb Ranch.
Behind Dolan, the Pioneers women scored a total of 118 points. Makayla Cappel finished less than one second behind Dolan, placing the Crimson and Gold second and third on the podium. Elena Breed was the third Pioneer to cross the finish, placing 13th.
“Today was a stellar day for the women and a breakthrough race for Makayla,” Nordic head coach Dave Stewart said. “This was her first career collegiate podium, beating out an NCAA champion to get it done.”
Rounding out the women’s standings were Katie Gill, Silije Wilsgård and Jessica Jortberg placing 15th, 17th and 18th, respectively.
Andrew Dougherty was the Pioneers men’s top finisher, racing to an eighth-place finish. Jørgen Brevik crossed the finish line 11th overall.
“Overall, we are well on our way toward qualifying a full team for the NCAA championships, which is the primary goal at this point of the season,” Stewart said.
Denver sits in third after three events with 570 points. Utah leads the Invitational with 694 points, followed by Colorado (622). Alaska-Anchorage (553) and New Mexico (534) round out the top five.
Closing out the day for the Pioneers were Conor Wallace, Trygve Markset and Kristian Soerlund in 16th, 21st and 25th places, respectively.