Junior Miles Havlick was named Ski Racing Magazine's Men's Nordic Skier of the Year for the second straight season.
April 17, 2012
Utah's Miles Havlick was named Ski Racing Magazine's Nordic Collegiate Skier of the Year for the second season in a row.
"It is a huge honor to receive this award again this season. It really means a lot," Havlick said. "As I have said before, my success and our team's success could not have been accomplished without my teammates working well together and pushing each other at practice day in and day out. Our coaches have organized a training program that works well for us and that we believe will prepare us best for competition. So I want to send a huge thank you to them for all their work all season. Also, we could not have experienced the success we have this season without the alumni and fans across the country. Thank you to everyone for the support. We are all looking forward to carrying our success into next season."
The junior from Boulder, Colo., claimed his first career national title in the men's 20k classical race. Havlick earned his first career national title by 1.5 seconds over Montana State's David Norris.
"The consistency Miles demonstrated this year has been huge in regards to contributing to the success of the team," Utah Director of Skiing Kevin Sweeney said. "It has been a knock-out season, no doubt, attaining such lofty goals as earning RMISA MVP honors, an NCAA national championship and now Ski Racing's prestigious award, the Nordic Collegiate Skier of the Year. Miles had a good plan going into the season and he just did a world-class job at executing it. It was very enjoyable watching the season unfold and realizing that Miles was getting stronger and more confident with each start. A very big congratulations for him and his family are in order."
Havlick has finished third or better 11 times this season and 19 times over her career. In the first race of the championships, Havlick took runner-up honors in the 10k freestyle race.
The Utes finished second at the NCAA Championships for the second consecutive season and the eighth time since the sport went co-ed in 1989.
Other collegiate honorees were Tim Kelley (men's Alpine) and Kate Ryley (women's Alpine) of Vermont and Sophie Caldwell of Dartmouth (women's Nordic).