Snorri Einarrson had cause to celebrate Saturday.
WINTER PARK, Colo. - Snorri Einarrson is finally over the hump. The promising freshman, who has had multiple close finishes this season, earned his first collegiate victory in the men's 15K classic Saturday. The Tromso, Norway native passed Denver's Rene Reisshauer in the final 10 meters in a dramatic sprint for the finish line. Einarsson finished in 46:58.4, nearly two full seconds ahead of Reisshauer. Joining Einarrson in the top 10 was fellow Ute (and Norwegian) Even Sletten, who finished seventh with a time of 48:29.9.
Sara Schweiger led the Utes on the women's side, racing to a fourth place finish in Saturday's 10K mass start with a time of 37:49.5. Sarah MacCarthy (sixth, 38:12.5) and Annalies Cook (eighth, 38:23.9) gave Utah three skiers in the top 10.
"It was great to see Snorri get his first win," commented head coach Eli Brown. "The men and women were both solid today and it looks like our training program is paying off."
The alpine skiers battled snowy conditions that led to numerous falls and disqualifications. In the men's GS, defending national champion Scott Veenis enjoyed one of his best finishes of the year, placing seventh with a time of 1:57.46. Tague Thorson finished fifth in the slalom and (1:25.36) and 11th in the GS with a time of 1:58.02.
Utah's women's team followed the lead of Mikaela Grassl, who finished fourth in the women's slalom with a time of 1:35.35 to pace the Utes. Chelsea Laswell finished 12th in the slalom with a time of 1:36.93.