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Utah Skiing Travels to Montana State Invitational

Oscar Ivars had a pair of top-five finishes in his Utah debut last weekend in the nordic races.

Oscar Ivars had a pair of top-five finishes in his Utah debut last weekend in the nordic races.

Jan. 9, 2014

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SALT LAKE CITY - Fresh off a season-opening victory in the Pat Miller Invitational, the Utah ski team travels to Montana to compete in the Montana State Invitational, Jan. 11-12.

The nordic races will be held at the Bohart Ranch XC Ski Center, with the women's 5-km and men's 10-km classic races on Saturday and the women's and men's 10-km freestyle races on Sunday. In alpine, the giant slalom will he held Saturday and the slalom on Sunday at the Big Sky Resort.

Also being held in conjunction with the meet on Friday, Jan. 10, is a RMISA giant slalom qualifier.

Utah won the first meet of the season over Denver (657.5 to 649). The 8.5-point victory was the closest in RMISA competition since 2008. The nordic team garnered a meet-high 350 points, while the nordic and alpine women had the best overall women's score of the meet with 336.5 points. Utah had 12 top five and 19 top 10 finishes over the eight races, including victories from Niklas Persson (15-km classic) and Chloe Fausa (giant slalom).

Utah's men's nordic team was named the College Cup Men's Team Champions at the U.S. Nationals, which were held in conjunction with the Pat Miller Invitational.

"Our focus really hasn't changed since the first meet," Utah Director of Skiing Kevin Sweeney said. "We want to score significant points in all disciplines and at the same time really focus on NCAA qualifying points. If we can score those qualifying points early in the season, it will take the pressure off of us later in the season and it will allow us time to build and focus on some of our weaker areas.



"We are in a good position. We opened well, which has built tremendous team confidence, but there are some individuals who know they can ski better and they are hungry to prove themselves on the circuit. That combination is really a positive thing for us. We are very motivated as a group."

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