Jeremy Elliot won the GS on Wednesday at the Utah Invite.
Feb. 6, 2013
LOVELAND, Colo. - Jeremy Elliot recorded his first win of the season to help the University of Utah ski team to first place after the giant slalom races during the first day of the Utah Invitational on Wednesday at the Loveland Ski Area.
The Utes earned 236 points during the first day to lead the U. of U. Invite standings after the GS competition, while Utah is eight points ahead of runner-up, Denver.
"Congratulations to the Alpine squads on a tremendous opening day of the Utah Invite," Utah Director of Skiing Kevin Sweeney said. "This was a real confidence builder for the entire team. I am impressed with the work ethic and team skiing that was demonstrated. The Nordic Team is incredibly fired up with the results today, too!"
Utah piled up 135 points in the men's slalom team standings, led by three Utes who were on the podium.
Elliot earned his first victory in the men's giant slalom and turned in the fastest first run of the day. The Park City, Utah native has placed among the top three in four races already this year. For his career, Elliot has won two races and been on the podium six times over his Ute career. He posted his first career in the GS race at the 2011 RMISA/NCAA Regional Championships.
"It was an awesome day," Elliot said. "And with my buddies Ryan Wilson and Tim Hribar on the podium with me, it doesn't get much better than that! We have had some tough luck in the early-season races and today we showed what we're capable of so I can't wait to do it again at the NCAA Championships!"
Hribar and Wilson joined Elliot on the podium in a third-place tie. This was Hribar's first career podium appearance and also the first top-five finish of his career. Hribar posted the fastest second run of the day. Wilson, a Park City, Utah native, posted his first podium effort of the season and the seventh top-three finish of his career. Wilson has now been in the top five 10 times over his career.
The Utes were third in the women's giant slalom standings as they compiled 101 points, led by Kristiina Rove. Rove posted her best finish of this season as she finished fourth. The Espoo, Finland native has finished fifth or better twice in 2013 and has also been in the top 10 in five competitions already this season.
"I really wasn't happy with my first run and I knew I could ski better," Rove said. "During the second run, I was able to ski more to my abilities and I was much happier with my performance. The team really stepped it up and we are excited to bring the momentum into tomorrow."
Junior Jaime Dupratt followed in 10th place for her seventh top-10 effort of this season and the eighth of her career.
Sophomore Ana Kobal rounded out the Ute effort with a 13th-place finish for her fifth top-15 performance of this season.
The slalom competition of the Utah Invitational will be held tomorrow in Loveland, Colo., while Utah's Nordic crew will start its U. of U. Invite slate with the 5/10-km Classical on Friday at Soldier Hollow, followed by the 15/20-km Freestyle next Saturday.
Live stats of the Alpine portion of the U. of U. Invite will be available at livetiming.com.