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Two Utah Skiers Place in Top 10 of Slalom at NCAA Championships

Sophomore Ana Kobal placed fifth in the women's slalom on Friday at the NCAA Championships.

Sophomore Ana Kobal placed fifth in the women's slalom on Friday at the NCAA Championships.

March 8, 2013

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MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - Sophomore Ana Kobal registered her second consecutive top-six finish and the University of Utah ski team sits in fourth place after the slalom races of the NCAA Championships Friday in the Middlebury College Snow Bowl.

Utah finds itself in fourth place in the overall team standings with 481 points, but only trails third-place Denver by three. Colorado is currently the runner-up with 510 points, while Vermont paces the field with 564 points.

Thanks to a pair of top-10 finishes today, the Utes accumulated 131 points in the slalom races.

The Utah women's slalom competitors combined to earn 86 points on the day with three top-25 finishes.

Kobal turned in a fifth-place finish for her second consecutive top-six effort to highlight her first appearance at the NCAA Championships. The Ljubljana, Slovenia native was in the top 10 during 10 of 12 races this season.

"Today's race was pretty tough," Kobal said. "I am happy with my skiing and super proud of my team and can't wait to see the Nordic team crushing tomorrow."

Kristiina Rove followed in 11th for her 10th top-11 finish of the season, while junior Jaime Dupratt turned in a 22nd-place effort.

In the men's slalom, Utah tallied 45 points as freshman Andy Trow led the way with a seventh-place finish. This was Trow's fourth top-10 effort of his freshman campaign for Utah and his best finish since winning the RMISA Slalom Qualifier on Jan. 11.

Senior Ryan Wilson rounded out the Ute effort by placing 30th, while Jeremy Elliot was unfortunately unable to finish the second run of the day.

The NCAA Championships conclude with the final Nordic event, the 15/20-km Freestyle races, tomorrow at 10 a.m. ET.

Fans can watch all of the action live at ncaa.com.



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