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Ute Skiing Hosts Utah Invitational

Senior Einar Ulsund was named the RMISA's Men's Nordic Skier of the Week.

Senior Einar Ulsund was named the RMISA's Men's Nordic Skier of the Week.

Feb. 4, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY - A busy week lies ahead for the University of Utah ski program as it hosts the Utah Invitational, a four-day event that will cover two locations. Utah will also send its Alpine crew to Red River, N.M., to complete the UNM Invite.

Utah Invitational

The Utes will host the Utah Invitational in four successive days next week. Ute Alpine skiers start the meet with giant slalom races on Wednesday in Loveland, Colo., followed by the slalom competition on Thursday.

Utah's Nordic crew will start its U. of U. Invite slate with the 5/10-km Classical on Friday at Soldier Hollow, followed by the 15/20-km Freestyle next Saturday.

Live stats of the Alpine portion of the U. of U. Invite will be available at livetiming.com, while the Nordic competition's live results can be found at summittiming.com.

New Mexico Invitational Update

The New Mexico Invitational continues with Slalom races on Saturday and Sunday in Red River.

After the Nordic competition of the UNM Invite last weekend, the Utes are atop the team standings with 457 points, which is 27 points ahead of runner-up Colorado. Utah is in first place of the men's standings with 265 points and its women's team is in third place with 192 points.

Ulsund Named RMISA Men's Nordic Skier of the Week

Senior Einar Ulsund has been named Men's Nordic Skier of the Week, the RMISA announced. Ulsund finished on the podium in both races last weekend at the New Mexico Invitational.

"Einar had an impressive weekend and is building on a tremendous season so far," Utah Director of Skiing Kevin Sweeney said. "On the current RMISA MVP points list, he is ranked number one. He has done an excellent job in preparing to race at higher altitudes and it is really starting to pay dividends. Einar has established himself as one of the top performers of the RMISA and it is extremely exciting having Einar and Miles be consistently in the top three."



The Trondheim, Norway native was second in the 10-km Freestyle on Saturday in addition to a third-place effort in the 5-km Classic on Friday in Red River, N.M. He has earned a pair of second-place finishes in 2013 and has placed fourth or better in all five races for the Utes this season.

Havlick Sweeps UNM Titles

Senior Miles Havlick won both the 5-km Classical and 10-km Freestyle races last weekend at the New Mexico Invitational, the first time in Havlick's career that he won both races in a single meet and the second time in his career that he has won back-to-back races. After winning the RMISA Men's Nordic Skier of the Week award on Jan. 14, Havlick was not eligible to win the honor.

The Boulder, Colo., native previously achieved the feat by winning the 21-km Freestyle at the Denver Invite on Feb. 13, 2011 before taking the 10-km Freestyle crown at the RMISA Championships on Feb. 25, 2011.

Havlick has now won three races this season and nine during his Utah career. He has also earned four podium placements in six races already this season and has been among the top three 23 times as a Ute.

Ulsund and Havlick Top RMISA Nordic MVP Rankings

After sweeping the two RMISA Men's Nordic Skier of the Week awards, Ulsund and Havlick find themselves atop the RMISA's MVP Points standings.

Freshman Noe Bellet joins Ulsund and Havlick among the top 10 in seventh place as he has turned in top-10 finishes in all six of Utah's competitions so far this year, including a fourth-place effort Friday's 5-km Classical at the UNM Invite.

Kemp Continues to Lead Utah's Women's Nordic Crew

Senior Rose Kemp extended her stellar season with a third-place finish in Saturday's 10-km Freestyle race in Red River, N.M., for her second podium performance of 2013 after turning in a fifth-place effort in Friday's 5-km Classical. Kemp is currently ranked fourth in the RMISA's Women's Nordic MVP listings.

The Boise, Idaho native has also finished fifth or better in four of six competitions this year. Kemp now owns four career podium finishes and has placed fifth or better eight times as a Ute.

Trow Represents Utah in RMISA's Alpine MVP Points Standings

Freshman Andy Trow is ranked fourth in the latest RMISA's Men's Alpine listings. The Canmore, Alberta, Canada native earned a victory in the RMISA Slalom Qualifier on Jan. 11 at Winter Park, Colo., and a fourth-place effort in the Giant Slalom during the season opener on Jan. 7 in Eldora, Colo.

Rove Takes Eighth in RMISA's Women's Alpine MVP Ranks

Utah sophomore Kristiina Rove appears eighth on the RMISA Women's Alpine MVP chart after finishing in third place earlier this season at the Denver Invite and seventh at the CU Invite.

14 Utah Skiers Named to Utah Athletics Academic Honor Roll

Eight members of the Ute ski team were named to the University of Utah's Dean's List, while a total of 14 student-athletes were selected to the Utah Athletics Academic Honor Roll. The women's ski team posted a 3.538 GPA during the Fall 2012 semester, which was the second-highest mark within the entire athletic department.

Kemp, Rove and Jeremy Elliot were the current active athletes who posted perfect 4.0 grade-point averages over the last complete semester.

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