Einar Ulsund and the Utes head to Minturn, Colo., this weekend for the Nordic portion of the DU Invite.
Jan. 14, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - The University of 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.
Week in Review
The Utes ended up fourth in the team standings of the CU/Spencer Nelson Invitational with 723 points, which trailed third-place New Mexico by 18.5 points. Host Colorado came away with the meet title with 878 points. Utah put up a meet-high 124 points in the men's 10-km classical race on Sunday with a pair of Utes in the top three and three in the top 10.
The Utah Alpine squad concluded its races for the Denver Invitational in Winter Park, Colo., last Sunday. Heading into next weekend's Nordic events, Utah stands in fourth place with 376 points, which is just eight points shy of third-place New Mexico. Host Denver leads the way with 457 points halfway through the meet.
Two Utes Pick Up RMISA Weekly Honors
Utah earned two 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.
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.
Trow, a freshman from Canmore, Alberta, Canada, posted an impressive debut week as a Ute that was highlighted by a win in a RMISA Giant Slalom Qualifying race last Friday at Winter Park Colo. Last Monday in his first collegiate race, Trow finished fourth in the first RMISA GS Qualifier of the season at Eldora, Colo. Trow has already finished in the top 10 three times in 2013.
Impressive Ute Debuts
Eight different Utah student-athletes made their Ute debuts during the first week of the 2013 collegiate racing season.
Aside from Trow on the men's Alpine side, sophomores Kristiina Rove and Ana Kobal combined for seven top-10 performances. Rove finished fifth in the slalom on Sunday at the DU Invite, a pair of seventh-place finishes at the CU Invite on Jan. 8 and the RMISA Qualifier on Jan. 11, and an eighth-place finish in the slalom of the CU Invite. Kobal registered a runner-up finish in the slalom on Jan. 9 in the CU Invite and posted a fourth-place finish in the slalom at the DU Invite.
On the Nordic track at the CU Invite, senior Einar Ulsund placed fourth in the 20-km freestyle and registered a third-place effort. Freshman Tucker McCrerey turned in an eighth-place finish in the 20-km freestyle and 11th in the 10-km classical, while Noe Bellet claimed 10th place in each discipline. Niklas Persson took 19th and 16th in the respective events.
Utah's women's Nordic athletes received a boost from freshman Sloan Storey, who finished eighth in the 5-km classic and 12th in the 20-km freestyle during her collegiate debut.
Utah junior Jeremy Elliot registered a pair of top-three finishes in the first week of the season, including a second-place effort in the season-opening RMISA Qualifier in addition to a third-place finish in the GS at the Denver Invite.
Junior Jaime Dupratt was third in the GS of the CU Invite, which was the third podium finish of her career.
Senior Rose Kemp was among the top three for the third time in her career as she placed third in the 5-km classical race on Sunday at the CU Invite.