College skiing: Denver claims 23rd national title
Steamboat Springs, Colo. -- Denver has won their 23rd national championship after completing competition at the 2016 NCAA championships in Steamboat Springs, Colorado this past week. Denver finished first overall in the team standings with 567.5 points, ahead of Colorado (491.5) and Utah (485). The Nordic team showed a strong finish on the last day of racing to help the team claim their record 23rd national title.
Junior Moritz Madlener finished second overall in the Men’s 20K Classical race, just 1.7 seconds behind the first place finisher. Dag Frode Trolleboe showed another solid performance with his 10th place finish, followed by teammate Lars Hannah who finished close behind in 13th place.
The women were led by sophomore Linn Eriksen with her dominating first place finish in the Women’s 15 Classical race. Eriksen won the last race of the 2016 NCAA Skiing Championships with a commanding 19.9 second lead. Aja Starkey finished sixth overall in the same race, followed by teammate Taeler McCrerey in 12th place.
Four additional nordic skiers were named to the 2016 All-American team today, including: Madlener, who was named to the Men’s Classical First Team, while teammate Trolleboe earned Second Team honors. On the women’s side, Eriksen was named to the Women’s Classical First Team and Starkey earned Second Team honors. Denver finished the 2016 NCAA Skiing Championships with a total of 15 All-Americans, the most of any team.