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Utah Skiing Finishes 1-2 in Women's Slalom at Colorado Invitational

Ana Kobal earned second place in the women's slalom.

Ana Kobal earned second place in the women's slalom.

Feb. 1, 2014

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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS and WINTER PARK, Colo. - Kristiina Rove and Ana Kobal finished 1-2 in the women's slalom to lead the Utah ski team on the second day of the Colorado Invitational.

It was Rove's first career collegiate victory, and Kobal's highest finish of the season. Combined with Jaime Dupratt, who finished a season-high ninth, the Utes earned a race-high 100 points for the women's slalom. Teagen Palmer finished 19th for the Utes while Lauren Samuels did not finish her second run.

"What a performance by Kristiina and Ana," Utah head alpine coach Jaka Korencan said. "I could not be more happy for them. Congratulations to all our women on an extremely impressive effort. Conditions could not be more challenging. Mogul field ski racing is not an easy task and our ladies just excelled in everything that was set in front of them. [Assistant coach] Luke (Patterson) and I could not be more proud of them."

In the men's slalom, Mark Engel led the way with a sixth-place finish. Joergen Brath was 12th followed by Eian Sandvik in 25th and Andy Trow in 26th.

"Mark had an awesome day," Korencan said. "It was great to see him follow through in tough conditions. The rest of the men performed below expectations, but I have faith they can step it up for the remainder of the meet."

Utah also had a pair of top-10 finishes in the men's 20-km freestyle race, with Noe Bellet coming in fifth and Niklas Persson finishing sixth. Tucker McCrerey finished 14th followed by Kevin Bolger in 17th and Oscar Ivars in 24th.

The women's nordic team was led by a 14th-place finish from Anna Svendsen. Josefin Nilsson finished 19th followed by Madeleine Thorn in 21st.

Utah slipped to fourth after day two with 437 points, just one point behind third place Colorado (438). Denver continues to lead the meet (512) followed by New Mexico (443) in second.

The men's and women's giant slalom races close out the meet on Sunday, Feb. 2.

 

 

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