ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Utah won both the men’s 10K and women’s 10K freestyle races on Monday and surged past the Colorado to hold a 22-point lead midway through the first of two meets at the Alaska-Anchorage Invitational.
Utah’s Maria Graefnings edged out Colorado’s Eliska Hajkova on the women’s side by 6.0 seconds and the Utes Miles Havlick beat Montana State’s David Norris by 7.9 seconds on the men’s side. The podiums remained the same for both races but Utah’s consistency enabled them to grab the lead in the team standings.
Further showing their dominance, the distance between Hajkova and third place Rose Kemp of Utah was 48.5 seconds, compared to the just 6.0 seconds between the top two. Alaska Anchorage’s Jaime Bronga took fourth place with New Mexico’s Linn Klaesson rounding out the top five.
On the men’s side, Havlick broke through for his first win of the season after taking home three seconds and a pair of third places in the first five races of the season. After Norris, Colorado’s Rune Oedegaard earned another podium appearance about a half-minute off Havlick’s pace, his fifth consecutive appearance. Denver’s Andrew Dougherty finished fourth and Utah’s Tom Smith rounded out the top five.
Utah won both races, racking up 122 points on the women’s side and 120 on the men’s. Colorado took second in the women’s race with 110 points while both Alaska Anchorage (105) and New Mexico (101) hit the century mark. In men’s action, Montana State took second with 119 points and the Buffaloes tallied 107 points.
For the meet, Utah leads with 470 points, 22 more than second place Colorado (448). Montana State hit the 400-point plateau with 403 and is third place with host Alaska Anchorage sitting in fourth with 369. Denver is fifth with 346 points and New Mexico rounds out the scoring with 328.