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Fausa Wins GS as Ute Skiers Continue to Lead Pat Miller Invitational

Kristiina Rove finished fourth in the giant slalom.

Kristiina Rove finished fourth in the giant slalom.

Jan. 5, 2014

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PARK CITY, Utah - Chloe Fausa won the women's giant slalom race on the second day of the Pat Miller Invitational as the Utes continue to lead the meet going into the final day.

Utah continues to lead the Pat Miller Invitational with 520.5 points, followed by Denver in second (484), New Mexico (414.5), defending NCAA Champion Colorado (327) and Alaska-Anchorage (326).

"I am very pleased with our second day of competition for the Pat Miller Invite," Utah Director of Skiing Kevin Sweeney said. "The alpine team put down some excellent results, demonstrating we can score in each discipline. The competition is incredibly fierce, and racing on the Olympic venues at Park City were very challenging. We skied well and I am proud of the squad maintaining the lead in the standings. Great effort all around, especially to the staff and the many volunteers who assisted with the race."

Fausa crossed the finish line in the GS with a time of 1:56.84. Also in the top five was Kristiina Rove, who finished fourth on the day in 1:59.03. Utah's third scorer of the race was Jaime Dupratt, who crossed the line in 12th (2:01.80). Rounding out the Ute finishers was Ana Kobal in 14th (2:02.62). Lauren Samuels was fourth after her first run but did not finish her second run, while Teagen Palmer also did not finish her second run.

Leading the way for the men in the slalom was Mark Engel in fifth (1:51.72), his second fifth-place finish of the meet. Also scoring for the Utes was Joergen Brath, who finished 12th (1:53.41), and Andy Trow in 17th (1:53.93). Eian Sandvik crossed the line 25th.

"On both sides, we had a couple of mistakes, on the second run especially," Utah head alpine coach Jaka Korencan said. "But we did extremely well, especially the women. The women have proven they are one of the top teams in the NCAA right now. On the men's side, we have a really good team but we needed to attack the course. I don't think we had the right approach. We're holding back a little bit and in this strong field you get pushed back. But I'm really excited with how we're skiing right now. That was probably the best opener that we've had in a long time. We need some more miles on the snow now to get that consistency and gain that confidence.

"The coaching staff could not be more proud of this team. They are extremely hard workers and are super motivated and passionate about their skiing."

Utah closes out the Invitational on Wednesday, Jan. 8, at Soldier Hollow Resort with the women's 20-km and men's 30-km freestyle races. The men's race begins at 10:00 a.m. with the women following.

Mark Engel scored a fifth-place finish in the slalom.



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