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Kobal Earns Podium Spot at U. of U. Invite

Ana Kobal earned her second runner-up finish of the season during Thursday's slalom race at the Utah Invite.

Ana Kobal earned her second runner-up finish of the season during Thursday's slalom race at the Utah Invite.

Feb. 7, 2013

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LOVELAND, Colo. - Sophomore Ana Kobal earned a runner-up finish in the women's slalom to lead the Ute ski team during the second day of the University of Utah Invitational on Thursday at the Loveland Ski Area.

The Utes find themselves third in the team standings of the Utah Invite with 392 points heading into this weekend's Nordic competition at Soldier Hollow. Denver leads the way with 476 points, followed by runner-up Colorado (440 points).

Utah tallied 75 points in the women's slalom competition, led by Kobal, who took second overall in the race to tie for her best finish of the season to this point. Kobal was consistent throughout the day as earned the second-fastest first-run time (46.46) before turning in the top second-run effort (52.12). She also took second in the slalom at the CU Invitational on Jan. 9. This was also Kobal's third top-five effort this season.

"It was an awesome day for racing and Loveland did a great job hosting," Kobal said. "The second-run course was a difficult set and I just tried to be one with the course. The team had a great performance and we are currently on our way to New Mexico to continue skiing fast."

Kristiina Rove earned a 14th-place finish for her seventh straight top-15 finish to start this season.

In the men's race, Utah accumulated 81 points in the team standings as senior Ryan Wilson posted a team-high finish in 11th place effort. The Red Wing, Minn., native has placed in the top 15 four times this season.

"Today, the conditions were a bit rough for the later guys, where most of us started," Wilson said. "It was a battle for sure. We were happy to get four guys into the finish, but know we are capable of much more. We are heading to Red River, N.M., now and are ready to let our slalom speed show at the New Mexico Invite."

Wilson was followed by freshman Andy Trow took 14th place for the second straight race for his sixth top-15 performance during his first season with the Utes.

Junior Eian Sandvik rounded out Utah's scoring effort with a 16th-place finish for his third top-20 effort of the year.

Sophomore Tim Hribar completed the Ute performance with a 17th-place effort, his fourth time in the top 20 this year. He registered the second-fastest second-run time of the day, crossing the finish line in 47.92 seconds.

The Utah Invitational continues with the Nordic events on Friday and Saturday at Soldier Hollow. On Friday, the men's 10-km Freestyle is set for 9 a.m., and the women's 5-km free will start at 10:30 a.m. Saturday's races will start with the women's 15-km Classic at 9 a.m., followed by the men's 20-km Classic at 10:30 a.m.

Live results will be available at summittiming.com.



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