On the strength of seven wins in eight races, University of Colorado senior Joanne Reid from Gunn High was named the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association Women's Nordic MVP last week.
The award is based on a combination of all NCAA qualification points earned throughout the season in both classical and freestyle races.
With the seven wins and one second-place showing, Reid earned a combined 399 out of a possible 400 points to beat out Alaska Anchorage's Marine Dusser by 18 points. Equally good in both disciplines, the only race Reid didn't win was the second race of the season when she was a runner-up to her teammate Maria Nordstrom.
"I'm just happy that I could get out there, have an awesome time and give back to the team and coaches I love so much," Reid said. "It's really a team victory any time a Buff gets to win an MVP."
Reid earned RMISA Skier of the Week honors that first week and then went on a tear and won six straight races, the third-longest streak for a CU skier since skiing went co-ed in 1983. With four races left in the postseason, her seven wins ranks tied for third at CU in that same time frame.
The last time an RMISA skier won MVP honors while scoring all but one possible point was in 2008 when the Buffs' Maria Grevsgaard has a similar regular season, winning all but one race and finishing second in the other. Point totals being different, she scored 629 out of a possible 630 points that season.
Reid was never in contention for MVP honors in her first three seasons at CU. Her first two seasons, she missed races while competing at the World Junior Cross Country Championships and last season she missed both races as part of the Denver Invitational, thus thwarting her chances. She was the top finisher who missed two races last year.
Reid and the Buffs along with the rest of the RMISA get back to action at the RMISA Championship, set for this weekend in Bozeman, Mont. Nordic races will take place on Friday and Saturday while alpine teams will be in action Saturday and Sunday.
While at Gunn, Reid was a standout runner on the cross-country and track teams.