Anna-Lena Heynen finished fourth in the women's 10-km freestyle race.
Jan. 12, 2014
BIG SKY and BOZEMAN, Mont. - The Utah ski team closed out the Montana State Invitational in second place behind four skiers earning top-10 finishes in the men's 10-km freestyle race.
The Utes finished second with 557 points behind meet-winner Denver (737) and just two points ahead of New Mexico (555). Colorado was fourth (496.5) followed by Montana State in fifth (438).
"I am very impressed with the overall second-place finish this weekend," Utah Director of Skiing Kevin Sweeney said. "We did make some mistakes, however, we really charged and I'm very impressed with how the team is coming together. The competition is very fierce and we had several excellent results."
Noé Bellet finished second with a time of 25:09.1 to lead the Utah men in the 10-km freestyle race. Oscar Ivars crossed the line fourth (25:19.2) followed by Niklas Persson in seventh (25:47.1) and Kevin Bolger, who tied for ninth (25:58.9). Tucker McCrerey finished 11th (26:04.3).
Anna-Lena Heynen led Utah in the women's 10-km freestyle with a fourth-place finish, her third top-10 finish of the year. Sloan Storey finished 13th (31:23.7) with Anna Svendsen in 19th (32:25.4) and Josefin Nilsson in 20th (32:32.6).
"It's been a really aggressive racing and travel schedule to start off, so we are looking forward to the opportunity to go home and rest and train and go to school," Utah head nordic coach Abi Holt said. "I feel good about this last block of races and I am looking forward to our next training block as well and the chance to get our feet under us. The men had a great day again today. Noé was happy to be back on the podium. Anna-Lena had a breakthrough performance for her this year with fourth. My hope is that as a group we will keep getting steadily better."
In alpine, Kristiina Rove (fifth, 1:38.43) and Chloe Fausa (seventh, 1:38.62) both earned top-10 finishes in the women's slalom. Rove skied the fastest run of the day in the second run. Jaime Dupratt had a strong day in 11th (1:39.75) followed by Ana Kobal in 13th (1:39.88), Lauren Samuels in 14th (1:39.94) and Teagen Palmer in 16th (1:40.89).
For the second-straight day, Andy Trow led the way in the men's race with a ninth-place run in the slalom (1:38.93). Joergen Brath was also in the top-15 with a 12th-place finish (1:39.10). Mark Engel finished 22nd (1:40.13) followed by Eian Sandvik in 24th (1:40.45).
"Our women got it done again, congrats to the ladies for a phenomenal weekend," Utah head alpine coach Jaka Korencan said. "On the men's side, Andy had a big breakthrough this weekend, and I am super excited for him. As a team, we expected much more from our men's team, however, I really believe in this group of guys and I know that we just need to refocus and move on. Congratulations to Denver on an amazing weekend. They did a great job."
The Utes will spend the next two weekends training before returning to the hill for the Colorado/Spencer James Nelson Memorial Invite from Jan. 31-Feb. 2.