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Utah Skiing Travels to Devil's Thumb Ranch for Nordic Portion of Denver Invite

Junior Miles Havlick was named the RMISA Men's Nordic Skier of the Week.

Junior Miles Havlick was named the RMISA Men's Nordic Skier of the Week.

Jan. 16, 2012

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SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah ski team finds itself halfway to its second consecutive team victory heading into the Nordic segment of the Denver Invitational this weekend at the Devil's Thumb Ranch in Granby, Colo.

After an impressive performance from Utah's Alpine competitors, the Nordic squad clinched the Colorado Invitational victory for the Utes on Saturday, their first team win since the Utah Invitational on Jan. 12, 2008. Utah finished first in the team standings with 896 points and finished 24 points ahead of runner-up Colorado (872).

The Nordic action of the Denver Invitational begins with the 5/10k Classical races on Friday, which will begin with an interval start. The 10/15k Freestyle event will begin on Saturday with a mass start.

"The Alpine team set up the Nordic team extremely well leading into what should be an exciting showdown of racing," Utah Director of Skiing Kevin Sweeney said. "I think we are in a good position, but we need to remain focused on what our main goal is and that is scoring excellent NCAA qualifying points. Teams will be gunning for us for the overall. There is no doubt about that."

Miles Havlick was named the RMISA's Men's Nordic Skier of the Week and has continued to be a very consistent performer at the beginning of his junior season for the Utes. He earned second place in Saturday's 20k men's Freestyle race before posting a second-place finish in Friday's 15k Classical race. The Boulder, Colo., native has finished in the top two eight times in his career.

Senior Didrik Smith took first place for the second time in his career after holding off Havlick for the win by a little more than a second in Friday's 10k race. Smith's other win in an RMISA event came on Feb. 5, 2011 in a 10k Freestyle race at New Mexico. Smith then turned in his second straight top-10 finish to start this season with a ninth-place effort in Saturday's 20k Classical race. He has now finished among the top 10 in 18 races over his career.



Tom Smith picked up his fourth career top-five effort with a fifth-place finish in the 10k freestyle on Friday then rounded out the Ute effort on Saturday in 16th. Senior Rolf Figi took 11th on Friday then 14th on Saturday.

Senior Rose Kemp paced the Ute women's Nordic skiers in both races this weekend by placing fifth in both the 5k Freestyle and 15k Classical. Her fifth-place efforts are the highest placements of her career. Entering last weekend, Kemp's previous best finish was a sixth-place effort in the 5k Classical race at Soldier Hollow during the 2011 Utah Invitational.

Junior Mali Noyes joined Kemp in the top 10 in the Classical with a ninth-place effort, the highest placement of her career. Noyes then finished 22nd in the Freestyle. Her previous career-best finish was 25th in the 5k Classical race at last year's U. of U. Invite.

Junior Parker Tyler was 13th in the Freestyle and 12th in the Classical, while Marta Larsen finished 19th and 26th, respectively.

The Utah Alpine team has been impressive to start the season, paving the way for two team victories for the Utes.

Two Ute Alpine skiers picked up RMISA Skier of the Week Awards as Julie Bordeau earned the honor after the Colorado Invitational then Tii-Maria Romar earned the award after the Alpine portion of the DU Invitational.

Bordeau earned her first victory as a Ute during Wednesday's slalom race at Breckenridge after taking fifth in two giant slalom races. She continued her momentum into the DU Invitational as she earned her second straight slalom win and finished fourth in the GS at Winter Park. Bordeau has been among the top finishers in each of her first five races at Utah.

Romar won the GS race on Saturday at the DU Invite, the third win of her career, and then finished fourth in the slalom on Sunday after posting the second-fastest first-run time to start the day, finishing only .48 seconds behind Bordeau. Like Bordeau, Romar has finished fifth or better in all five races this season.

Sophomore Jaime Dupratt turned in the best performance of her brief Utah career. DuPratt, a Park City, Utah native, finished third to lead the Utes. She had one career top-10 finish entering this season and now she has four.

Junior Anna Kocken has finished on the podium twice this year, beginning with a second-place effort in the giant slalom of the RMISA Qualifier then she took third in the GS on Saturday the DU Invite.

On the men's side, senior Nick Cohee won the giant slalom races at the CU and DU Invite. He has now won five career races, all five have come in the GS discipline. Cohee, a Gardnerville, Nev., native has finished on the podium in three out of five races this year, including a third-place effort in the GS of the RMISA Qualifier.

Junior Ryan Wilson took third in the slalom at the CU Invite and fourth in the GS of the RMISA Qualifier. Torjus Krogdhal turned in his highest finish so far this season on Sunday, an eighth-place effort in the slalom at the DU Invite. Tim Hribar started his Ute career with two straight top-10 performances, 10th place in the GS of the RMISA Qualifier then an eighth-place effort in the GS of the CU Invite.

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