Senior Rose Kemp and the Utes travel to Bozeman, Mont., for the RMISA Championships.
Feb. 18, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - After winning the RMISA title in 2012, the University of Utah ski team begins its title defense at the NCAA West Region/RMISA Championships Friday through Sunday in Bozeman, Mont.
The 5/10-km Classical races kicks off the meet on Friday, while both the 15/20-km Freestyle and Slalom race will be held Saturday before the Giant Slalom will be Sunday. Live results for the Alpine races will be available at live-timing.com and be sure to check back at utahutes.com throughout the weekend for the latest results.
Utah won the RMISA title last season and placed second in 2011 and the Utes have enjoyed a successful campaign in 2013 as Utah's men's ski team tied for the RMISA Men's Overall championship. Utah has now shared or won the RMISA Men's crown each of the past two seasons and the Utes also took the RMISA's Men's Nordic title for the second straight year.
Havlick Repeats as RMISA Men's Nordic MVP
For the second straight season, Miles Havlick of the University of Utah ski team was named the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association Men's Nordic MVP.
The award is based on the total accumulation of NCAA qualification points in the four regular-season meets. Havlick scored an impressive 388 points out of a possible 400 and is currently on a four-race win streak. His teammate, Einar Ulsund, finished second in the men's Nordic MVP rankings to form a powerful duo for the Utes on the Nordic course.
Havlick has won five races this season and been on the podium six times. Over his illustrious Utah career, Havlick owns 11 victories and has 25 podium finishes.
He has won four straight races beginning Feb. 1 in the 5-km Classical at the New Mexico Invitational in Red River and also included a victory the following day in the 10-km Freestyle.
Havlick swept his second consecutive meet, the Utah Invitational, at Soldier Hollow as he took victories in the 10-km Classical on Feb. 8 before a win in the 20-km Freestyle on Feb. 9.
Havlick turned in a fifth-place finish in the 15-km Classical on Jan. 20 during the Denver Invitational in Minturn, Colo., after registering an eighth-place effort in the 10-km Freestyle on Jan. 19.
The Boulder, Colo., native is a five-time All-American, earning two honors each of the last two seasons and one in 2010 as a freshman. He is also the two-time, reigning Ski Racing Magazine Men's Nordic Collegiate Skier of the Year.
Two Earn Weekly Honors from RMISA After Final Regular-season Meet
Wilson tied for third in the giant slalom at the Utah Invite in Loveland, Colo., on Feb. 6 for his first podium finish of the season and the seventh of his career. Wilson then finished 11th in the slalom race on Feb. 7.
At the New Mexico Invitational in Red River last weekend, Kobal finished third in the first slalom race on Feb. 9 and finished as the runner-up in the second slalom race on Feb. 10. She has been on the podium four times in 2013 and fifth or better five times this season.
Kemp Charges Utah's Women's Nordic Crew
Senior Nordic skier Rose Kemp has led the way for the Utes throughout this season. The Boise, Idaho native has been in the top 10 in all eight of Utah's competitions this season and has also been Utah's top finisher in all eight events in 2013 as well.
Kemp has placed on the podium three times this year, tying her career-best finish. She took third in the 5-km Classical at the Colorado Invitational on Jan. 13, the 10-km Freestyle at the New Mexico Invitational on Feb. 2 and in the 5-km Classical at the Utah Invitational in Solider Hollow on Feb. 8.