Two-time All-American Marine Dusser's third-place finish in the women's five-kilometer nordic classical race Friday spearheaded UAA's effort on the opening day of the Colorado Invitational/Spencer James Nelson Memorial ski race in Steamboat Springs, Colo.
Dusser, a sophomore, posted her fourth top-three result of the season by finishing in 16 minutes, 53.5 seconds.
That helped UAA accumulate 119 points, which puts it fifth among Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association teams in the three-day event, which continues Saturday with men's and women's slalom events in alpine and men's and women's freestyle nordic events. The men's and women's giant slalom wraps up the meet Sunday.
UAA's top finisher in the men's 10-K classical was freshman Etienne Richard, who was ninth in 29:07.9. All-American Lukas Ebner was 12th (29:14.4) and freshman Andrew Arnold finished 16th (29:47.8).
In the women's race, UAA freshman Synnove Bruland finished 16th (17:56.2) and sophomore Patricia Sprecher took 26th (18:52.6.