Nick Cohee won his sixth career race Wednesday at the UAA Invite.
Feb. 8, 2012
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Senior Nick Cohee earned his sixth career victory in giant slalom and the University of Utah ski team extended its lead to 97 points after the third day of the Alaska Anchorage Invitational Wednesday at the Alyeska Resort.
The Utes are in first place in the UAA Invite with 718 total points after accumulating a meet-high 248 points after today's first Alpine event, the giant slalom. Utah leads defending national champion Colorado by 97 points, heading into the final discipline of the event, the slalom, which will be held on Friday.
"It is impressive to see the team score the men and women posted today," Utah Director of Skiing Kevin Sweeney said. "Conditions were extremely difficult and it was an excellent example of team skiing. It is good for us to go through a day of competition like this. It tests our mettle. I feel like this invite has pulled us closer together as a team. It was, undoubtedly, a stunning day at Alyeska for the Utes.
"We will never forget this day in Alaska," Utah Head Alpine coach Jaka Korencan said. "It was pouring rain for eight hours, visibility non-existing, and the results our team was able to pull off today are unforgettable. We could not be more proud of this group of athletes. To stay focused in conditions like this, with a smile on their face, is a sign of maturity and dedication they have to be the best in the country. Our women dominated the field again and proved they are top notch. Our men weren't far behind our women and competed hard. I don't want to name any individual accomplishments, I just want to congratulate every single one of them for their performance. I could not be more proud of them."
The Utes posted two top-five performances on the men's side as Cohee won his third race of the season and ended up on the podium for the fourth time. The Gardnerville, Nev., native has now won six races over his career and finished in the top three seven times.
"I've done a lot of ski races in my life and this race sticks out as one of the most challenging," Cohee said. "It was raining all day and the visibility and snow was variable. It was kind of a dog fight to the finish and whoever was able to overcome all the factors and attack was going to win. Today, that was me so I'm stoked."
Ryan Wilson was the second Ute finisher in the men's race as he posted his seventh career top-five effort with a fifth-place finish.
On the women's track, a pair of Utes finished on the podium as Julie Bordeau earned her second straight top-three finish. She has been on the podium three times already this year and has finished in the top five in all six races in 2012.
Senior Tii-Maria Romar earned a podium spot for the third time this year as she took third place in the individual standings. Romar has finished among the top three eight times over her career at Utah.
Jaime Dupratt tied her career-best finish for the second straight meet with a fifth-place effort. She finished only .03 seconds behind UAA's Anais Urbain for fourth place.
Junior Anna Kocken closed out the Ute effort with a 15th-place run, the 27th top-20 finish of her career.
The second competition of Utah's Alaskan trip, the Seawolf Invitational, begins tomorrow with the GS at Alyeska Park and the 5/10km freestyle race at Kincaid Park. The UAA Invitational concludes Friday at Alyeska Park.