Senior Miles Havlick was named the RMISA's Men's Nordic Skier of the Week after the CU/Spencer Nelson Invitational.
Jan. 14, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah ski team swept the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association's Men's Skier of the Week awards as senior Miles Havlick was named Nordic Skier of the Week after the CU Invite and freshman Andy Trow earned Alpine Skier of the Week accolades for the RMISA Qualifiers.
"I am extremely impressed with how these two have opened the 2013 RMISA campaign," Utah Director of Skiing Kevin Sweeney said. "Having these two guys receive this award so early is a true confidence builder for the entire team. We have put in some excellent training and racing and these results confirm we are right on track."
Havlick recorded his seventh career victory in the 10-km Classical on Sunday in Steamboat Springs, Colo., after earning runner-up honors in the men's 20-km freestyle on Saturday. With two podium finishes already this season, the Boulder, Colo., native has been among the top three 21 times during his Ute career.
"For Miles to come out of the starting gate and score these results is not only impressive, but also makes a strong statement for his bid to continue to be one of the top male competitors in NCAA Skiing," Sweeney said. "Miles is a true leader on and off the race course and this certainly sets the tone for what should be a very exciting senior season for him and his teammates."
"It is an honor to receive this award after the opening weekend of the season," Havlick said. "I want to send a huge `thank you' to all of the race volunteers, coaches, parents and spectators for braving the cold temperatures this weekend to help us succeed. We would not be able to accomplish anything without your unwavering support. This award is also a testament to the cohesion and teamwork of both the Alpine and Nordic teams throughout the fall. It will not be a surprise to see many more of my teammates receive this award as the season unfolds."
"For Andy to come in and post these results so early in his freshman campaign bodes very well for us," Sweeney said. "The alpine field is perhaps the most competitive to date and Andy has demonstrated poise and confidence right from the start. You don't always see this."
The Utah Nordic team completes the Denver Invitational next weekend at Minturn, Colo. The 5/10-km Freestyle will be held next Saturday and the 10/15-km Classical race will be ran on Sunday.