The Western State Colorado University Mountain Sports Nordic Ski Team competed this past weekend in Laramie, WY at the Cowboy Chase Invitational hosted by the University of Wyoming. Western proved to be moving in the right direction by posting several season-best results on both days of competition.

Saturday was the 5km classic event on the Happy Jack Trails above Laramie. The men’s race was first and freshman Cameron Moore skied dynamically to finish in 4th place to lead Western. Right behind him was Sophomore Kevin Geisen in 5th place. Freshman Gordon Gianniny landed in 14th place to help the team score 2nd place honors on the day. On the women’s side, junior Samantha ‘Bob’ Maddox took home the victory in the 5km classic event – the first win of her collegiate career. She will now turn her attention to making a run at the podium at the National Championships in Lake Placid, NY in early March.

Sunday saw windy conditions roll in for the 21km skate race. The Western men once again performed as the 2nd place team on the day, being led by freshman Cameron Moore who skied very fast over the final 5km to secure another 4th place result. Kevin Geisen placed 6th and Gordon Gianniny was in 8th to help round out the scoring for the Western team. The women raced the same distance again, and Samantha ‘Bob’ Maddox scored her best skate race result of her career with a solid 6th place showing on the day.

The team is now exclusively training for the National Championships in Lake Placid, NY from March 8th – 12th. Expectations are high as the team looks to build on the strong momentum that has already been set in motion this season. #GoWestern