Jaime Dupratt had a pair of top-10 finishes last weekend for the Utes.
Feb. 4, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah ski team competes in its final regular-season invitational of the season with the New Mexico Invite, Feb. 7-8, in Red River, New Mexico.
Utah has recently competed short handed, with Mark Engel and Chloe Fausa competing in NorAm races, All-American Sloan Storey off at the Nordic Junior World Championships, and illness and injuries also affecting results and team scores. However, several skiers stepped up at Colorado last weekend to have their best results of the year.
"We should be full strength as a team, and we have skied really well at New Mexico in the past," Utah Director of Skiing Kevin Sweeney said. "If we are healthy, I would expect some very good team scores. Health is an unknown, and the nordic skiers have not raced at that altitude. This is our highest altitude stop on the Western tour. Some skiers do great, and others really struggle with that.
"We have two events remaining for NCAA qualifying opportunities to determine who we will take to the Championships. I think everyone is motivated, and it's going to be exciting."
Women's alpine skier Kristiina Rove has continued to be Utah's most consistent skier, with seven top-five finishes to her name (in eight races) and just one DNF on the year. She picked up her first career collegiate victory in the slalom at Colorado. Jaime Dupratt had a strong weekend at CU with two ninth-place finishes, her best results of the year. Ana Kobal finished second in the slalom last weekend for her third top-10 performance of the season. Teagen Palmer also had a season-high 10th-place finish in the giant slalom at CU.
Men's nordic has been led by the consistent top-10 results of Noé Bellet and Niklas Persson. Each has finished in the top 10 in every race. Oscar Ivars has four top-10 finishes this year, including three top-fives.
In women's nordic, Josefin Nilsson recorded her best finish of the year in the 10-km classic race at Colorado, finishing fifth for her first career top 10. Anna Svendsen tied her career-best finish with fourth place in the same race, her second top five of the year.
After this weekend, Utah has a bye before the RMISA Championships/NCAA West Regional meet.