Andy Trow finished fifth in the men's giant slalom.
Jan. 11, 2014
BIG SKY and BOZEMAN, Mont. - Three top-10 finishes in both the women's alpine giant slalom and the men's nordic 10-km classic led the Utah ski team on the first day of the Montana State Invitational.
The Utes are tied for second with New Mexico after the first day with 271 points. Denver leads the Invite with 391 points. Colorado is fourth (250.5) followed by Alaska-Anchorage (219) and Montana State (213).
"Today we did our best given some very challenging weather and waxing conditions on the nordic front," Director of Skiing Kevin Sweeney said. "The effort was there for sure and I am pleased with that. It was a respectable first day of scores for us with several excellent individual results. Looking forward to tomorrow races!"
The women's alpine team scored a race-high 86 points in the giant slalom. Chloe Fausa finished third in 1:56.78 followed by Lauren Samuels in sixth (1:58.84) and Ana Kobal in seventh (1:59.67). Jaime Dupratt finished in 21st (2:02.79). Kristiina Rove was third after her first run but did not finish her second run, and Teagen Palmer also did not finish her second run.
Andy Trow led Utah in the men's GS with a fifth-place finish (1:57.31), his best of the year. Joergen Brath finished 17th after a strong second run in 1:58.06 while Eian Sandvik finished 31st in 2:01.85. Mark Engel was fourth after his first run but did not finish his second run.
Utah was led in the men's 10-km classic race by Oscar Ivars, who finished sixth in 31:45.0. Niklas Persson was just behind in seventh (31:45.1) followed by Noé Bellet in ninth (31:58.9). Kevin Bolger crossed the line 17th (33:07.8) while Tucker McCrerey was 19th (33:33.2).
The nordic women were led by Sloan Storey in the 5-km classic race. She finished 11th in 18:02.2. Anna-Lena Heynen placed 16th (18:19.2) followed by Anna Svendsen in 18th (18:29.3). Josefin Nilsson came in 21st (18:56.5).
"It was a challenging day of classic racing at Bohart," Nordic head coach Abi Holt said. "Warm temperatures and high winds kept it interesting for the athletes and the coaches today. Overall, I think the team fared all right. All the racers put in a great effort and I think each of these early races is bringing us closer to peak racing shape."
The Montana State Invitational continues on Sunday, Jan. 12, with the men's and women's slalom races and the men's and women's 10-km freestyle races.