RED RIVER/ENCHANTED FOREST, N.M. – A pair of freshmen paced the Montana State ski team to a fourth-place team finish at the University of New Mexico Drew Judycki Memorial Jade Enterprises Invitational on Saturday.

Louis Muhlen-Schulte was the runner-up in slalom with a two-run total of 1:30.97, while Nordic standout Ti Donaldson reached the podium for the first time this season with a third-place showing in the men’s 5-kilometer team start event with a clocking of 14:33.9.

Finishing behind Donaldson for the Bobcats were Eli Jensen, ninth, 14:59.9, Ty Godfrey, 12th, 15:09.6, and Karsten Hokanson, 20th, 15:23.4.

Kathleen O’Connell paced the MSU women’s Nordic contingent finishing ninth overall, covering the 5k course in 17:48.6. She was followed by Emma Tarbath, 16th, 18:22.3, Anna Fake, 17th, 18:22.7, and Kelly Koch, 23rd, 21:26.7.

In slalom, Muhlen-Schulte posted the second fastest opening run and held his position on the second go. Also posting a top 10 finish was Åge Solheim, who finished sixth in 1:31.65. 

Also contributing for the Bobcats were Zak Vinter, 14th, 1:32.75, Florian Szwebel, 15th, 1:32.81, Morten Bakke, 17th, 1:33.07 and Patrick Carry, 28th, 1:34.76.

Stephanie Gartner was the only Bobcat to reach the top 10 on the women’s side, placing eighth with a two-run total of 1:35.31. 

Mia Henry, 16th, 1:37.52, and Beatrix Lever, 20th, 1:38.91 also produced points for the Cats.

Utah won the UNM Invitational with 605.5 points. The Utes were followed by Colorado 591, UNM 563, MSU 534, Denver 497, Alaska Anchorage 377.5, Alaska 191, Westminster 172 and Colorado Mountain 56.

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