Tom Smith placed 16th in the men's 21-km freestyle.
Jan. 17, 2009
ASPEN, Colo. - Utah closed out the Colorado Invitational with a fourth-place finish on Saturday, Jan. 17 following the men's and women's 21-km freestyle races.
Annelies Cook led the women with an eighth-place run in 1:06:56.5. Sara Schweiger and Devon Spika finished 15th and 16th, respectively. Schweigher finished in 1:08:37.5 while Spika had a time of 1:08.46.3. Ingvild Flatland had her best collegiate finish thus far with a 19th-place finish in 1:10:57.4. Zoe Roy also raced for the Utes.
For the men, Didrik Smith placed 14th in 56:48.0 with Tom Smith coming in 16th in 56:58.4. Ben Fick crossed the line 22nd in 58:11.2 while Ian Havlick placed 23rd in 58:52.2. Rolf Figi and Even Sletten rounded out the Utah skiers.
Utah finished fourth with 468.5 points. Colorado won the meet with 564.5 points, while Denver (541) and New Mexico (506) were second and third, respectively. Alaska-Anchorage rounded out the field in fifth-place (451).
"This has been a brutal schedule," Director of Skiing Eli Brown said. "They raced as hard as they could today. We are psyched to be going home and have a chance to catch our breath and get some good training in. The first part of the season went by really fast. This is a turning point for us - we have been through a lot and we are going to regroup and be ready to go again."
Utah returns to the hill on Feb. 5 for a Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Skiing Association Alpine Qualifier, which is followed by the Denver Invitational on Feb. 6-7.