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Ute Skiers Finish Fourth At NM Invite

Next up, the Utes will have some time to prepare for the upcoming Colorado Invitational. This event will take place Friday and Saturday, Feb. 20-21, in Eldora, Colo.

Next up, the Utes will have some time to prepare for the upcoming Colorado Invitational. This event will take place Friday and Saturday, Feb. 20-21, in Eldora, Colo.

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Feb. 7, 2004

TAOS and RED RIVER, N.M. - The University of Utah ski team finished the final day of the New Mexico Invitational placing fourth overall with a 461.0 point total. Host New Mexico remained in first-place, while the Pioneers of Denver moved up a spot to second. Colorado slid to third and Utah came in fourth. Nevada finalized the invite skiing fifth.

"We came out charging," said Head Coach Kevin Sweeney. "We had a tough first day, but it was good to see everyone getting after the competition. We came up a little short, but there were a lot of bright spots throughout this invitational."

After an opening day third-place finish, the men's cross country team came back to win the 10-km freestyle event. Junior Henning Dybendal continues to ski strong, placing second with a time of 27:22.3. Teammate Daniel Sonntag was in the hunt for the win, but took an unfortunate crash on the last down hill. Sonntag ended up finishing three-tenths of a second behind Dybendal, placing third in 27:22.6. Junior Benjamin Sonntag skied to a 12th-place finish with a two-run time of 29:09.3. Sophomore Tony Bozzio contributed with a 21th-place showing.

"The cross country team had an excellent day," added Sweeney. "It was great to see Henning taking second and Daniel placing third. It was also good to see Ben scoring in the top 15 in both races. We struggled with the altitude, but we are in good shape."

The women's nordic squad finished second in the 5-km freestyle. Ute freshman Sandra Gredig ran away with a third-place finish, skiing ahead of Denver's Karin Camenisch, with a time of 17:17.9. Barbro Hatlevik skied fifth in 17:41.0 and sophomore Jenny Hansson added a 15th-place finish with a time of 18:40.7. Sophomores Ashley McQueen and Linda Pettersson added 25th- and 31th-place performances.

 

 

"Sandra had a really great race," remarked Sweeney. "It is good to see her heading for the podium. Barbro and Jenny also produced great results."

Utah's alpine team had another tough day, placing sixth overall with a combine 176.0 point total. The women's team improved to fourth in the slalom event, scoring all three scores in the top 20. Junior April Mancuso led the Utes, skiing to a 15th-place finish in 1:45.61. Freshman Lauren Lattimer finished less then a second behind Mancuso, scoring a 16th-place performance in a two-run time of 1:46.08. Rowena Hyldahl slid into the top 20 skiing 19th, with a time of 1:46.57.

"We skied well as a team," said Head Alpine Coach Aaron Atkins. "April had a great second run and Lauren skied a good first run."

On the men's side, it was sophomore Will McDonald that led that pack, finishing sixth with a time of 1:38.68. Freshman Gaspar Perricone rallied to a 17th-place finish in 1:41.28, while teammate Andi Wieser was disqualified in the first run. Utah was only able to score two skiers in the overall point total.

"We had a tough weekend, but overall we skied well," added Atkins. "This was good practice for NCAA's and I feel we will be really prepared for this year's championships."

Next up, the Utes will have some time to prepare for the upcoming Colorado Invitational. This event will take place Friday and Saturday, Feb. 20-21, in Eldora, Colo.

New Mexico Invitational Final Results:
1. New Mexico             590.0
2. Denver                 569.0
3. Colorado               535.0
4. Utah                   461.0
5. Nevada                 382.0
6. Western State          274.0
7. Whitman                221.0
8. Alaska Anchorage       213.0
9. Montana State          208.0
10. Boise State           111.0
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