ELDORA, Colo. -- Colorado off the strength of four top four finishers, holds the slimmest of leads agianst Utah at the University of Colorado/Spencer Nelson Memorial Invitational after the conclusion of the giant slalom races. The Buffaloes have a combined 239 points with Utah just three points back at 236.

Colorado won the women’s race against Utah, 127-123, as the Buffaloes’ Erika Ghent won the race while teammate Katie Hartman was third. Utah’s Tii-Maria Romar finished second and her teammate Julie Bordeau took home fifth place. New Mexico’s Kate Williams finished in fourth place. 

Colorado placed four skiers in the top 10, Utah had three. Off of Williams’ performance, the Lobos scored the third most points in the women’s giant slalom race with 96. 

In the men’s race, the snow storm that hit the area took what was a clear and sunny first run into a snowy and near zero visibility for the second run.  Utah’s Nick Cohee won the race with Colorado’s Adam Zika taking second place and Denver’s Espen Lysdahl rounding out the podium.  Colorado’s Andreas Haug took fourth place and New Mexico’s Armin Triendl rounded out the top five. 

Utah placed four skiers in the top 10 and edged the Buffaloes by a single point, 113-112.  There was also a solid race for third with Denver scoring 97 points to edge out Alaska Anchorage (95) and New Mexico (94). 

The Buffaloes lead the event with 239 points through the two races, with Utah holding serve with 236.  New Mexico is in third place with 190 points and Denver is fourth with 182, just ahead of Alaska Anchorage’s total of 175.  Westminster is fifth with 149 points, followed by Montana State (131) and new member Colorado Mountain College, who scored 51 points only yielding a men’s team.

The final portion of the alpine competition will take place Sunday on the La Belle Dame run at Eldora.