Jaime DuPratt finished third in the women's giant slalom on Tuesday at the CU/Spencer Nelson Memorial Invitational.
Jan. 8, 2013
ELDORA, Colo. - Junior Alpine skier Jaime Dupratt posted a third-place effort in the women's giant slalom race as the University of Utah ski team is in fourth place with 186 points after the first day of the CU/Spencer Nelson Memorial Invitational on Tuesday at the Eldora Mountain Resort.
The Utes trail third-place Colorado by five points as Denver is in first place after earning 240.5 points during the first day.
Three Ute skiers placed in the top 11 to help Utah to the No. 2 spot in the women's giant slalom standings.
"We are extremely excited about our women's team's performance today," Utah Head Alpine coach Jaka Korencan said. "Jaime had an awesome day, finishing on the podium. It is just simply impressive. Kristiina Rove and Ana Kobal also finished strong. It is just so rewarding to see our small women's team finish strong despite costly mistakes."
Dupratt led the way by securing her first top-three finish of the season and the third of her career with a third-place effort. DuPratt turned in the second-fastest first-run time of the day
Rove joined DuPratt in the top 10 with a seventh-place finish, the first such performance of her Ute career.
Kobal rounded out the Ute performance in 11th place.
On the men's side, Andy Trow and Ryan Wilson took 14th and 15th place, respectively. Trow has finished in the top 15 during each of the first two races of his Utah career, while Wilson has finished among the top 20, 25 times over his Utah career.
"The men's team skied extremely well in the first run, but unfortunately didn't have much luck in the second," Korencan said. "However, they proved today that they are one of the strongest GS teams on the circuit. I am confident that their hard work will start paying off really soon."
Utah took the 20th and 21st positions as well with Tim Hribar in 20th and Eian Sandvik in 21st. Jeremy Elliot posted the fastest first run of the day, but unfortunately was unable to finish the second run.
The CU/Spencer Nelson Memorial Invitational continues tomorrow with the men's and women's slalom races at Eldora Mountain Resort.