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Ute Skiers Place First At Montana Invite.

The Utes will have a week off to rest before battling it out at the Colorado Invitational.

The Utes will have a week off to rest before battling it out at the Colorado Invitational.

Jan. 18, 2003

BOZEMAN, Mont. - The University of Utah ski team gets a lift from the cross country team to take first in the Montana Invitational. The Utes finished the invite. racking up a total of 575.5 points, followed by Colorado and Denver with 538 and 518 points respectively.

"We skied very well," remarked Head Coach Kevin Sweeney. "It's really exciting to see our team gelling together. I felt both teams (alpine and cross country) skied well throughout the invitational. It was a good sign of consistency and I'm very happy with our overall performance."

The alpine team began the invite., two weeks ago (Jan. 3-4), finishing second behind Colorado by a margin of 17 points. Fortunately, the cross country team was able to make up the difference by skiing extremely well in both the classical and freestyle races.

In the final day of the Nordic events, the women's squad placed first, while the men finished second. The women continued to ski solid placing four Ute skiers in the top-10 of the 10 km freestyle event. Utah's Katrin Smigun grabbed another first-place finish with a combine time of 28:13.0. Junior Sara Svendsen followed up by skiing third, while sophomore Barbro Hatlevik edged out Denver's Karin Camenisch for the seventh-place spot by skiing to a time of 29:37.2. Freshman Ashley McQueen finished the day skiing 10th, which is her best result of her career.

Sophomores Anna Sprague and Kjersti Veum gave a great effort and made an impact for the Utes by skiing 21th and 23th.

"The women's team was very exciting to watch," said Sweeney. "Katrin and Sara have been skiing well and they have continued to do that. Ashley had her best ever college result as a freshman. This was a really good day."



In the 15 km freestyle men's event, it was senior Zack Simon's second-place finish that lead the Utes. Simons finished close behind Alaska-Anchorage's Tobias Schwoerer with a combine time of 38:38.1. Freshman Jess Kiesel added an eighth-place finish and teammate Anders Hansson placed 11th. Senior Ryan Quinn skied 14th and Tony Bozzio made his mark by finishing 28th.

"Zack and Jess skied well for us," remarked Sweeney. "The men's squad is really competing strong and that is good to see. As a whole, I think we have good depth and I really think we are going to have a chance to be one the tougher teams to beat this season. We have a week off and that will allow us to regroup and rest for our upcoming meet. This time will also give our athletes some time to catch up with their academics, which is very important to me."

Coming up for the Ute ski team will be the Colorado Invitational, which will be skied Friday and Saturday, Jan. 31and Feb. 1, in Boulder, Colo. The alpine team will compete in the GS (Jan. 31) and the SL (Feb. 1) races, followed by the cross country ski team who will ski the 5/10 FS (Jan. 31) and the 5/10 CL (Feb. 1) events.

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