The University of Utah made up ground, while its Eastern rival, Vermont, lost all hope of capturing the title. Following Day 2 of the NCAA Ski Championships the Utes moved into second place while the Catamounts were a distant fifth.
The slalom was scheduled today with the freestyle cross country finishing on Saturday.On the strength of a strong showing in the giant slalom on Wednesday, Colorado leads with 356 points, followed by Utah with 343.5, Denver with 329, New Mexico with 292 and Vermont with 271.5. After the first event, the giant slalom, Colorado was second and Utah was fifth.
"We're in good shape. We've done well all year in the slalom and freestyle. We skied well today and we made up some ground," said Pat Miller, Utah director of skiing.
Line Selnes of Colorado won the women's 5-kilometer classic-style cross-country ski race Thursday to help boost her team into the lead.
Selnes covered the course in 15 minutes, 49.3 seconds and two of her teammates finished in the top six spots at the Bohart Ranch course.
Utah's Kristin Tjelle was second in the women's race with a time of 16:09.6, while Irene Eder of Denver finished third. Also finishing for Utah was Hailey Wappett in 11th and Kristia Joder in 13th.
On the men's side, Thorodd Bakken of Vermont edged Utah's Frode Kollerud to take the title in the men's 10-kilometer classic with a time of 27:52.6. Kollerud was 2.2 seconds off the pace, and his brother Rune Kollerud finished third at 28:13.2. Utah's Patrick Casey was 10th.
Overall, Utah edged Coloado by 1.5 points in the two nordic events.