Sophomore Ana Kobal secured the first podium finish of her Ute career with a second-place effort in the slalom on Wednesday.
Jan. 9, 2013
ELDORA, Colo. - Sophomore Ana Kobal of the University of Utah ski team earned second place in the slalom during the second day of the CU/Spencer Nelson Memorial Invitational on Wednesday at the Eldora Mountain Resort.
After the conclusion of the Alpine events of the CU/Spencer Nelson Memorial Invitational, Utah stands in sixth place with 288 points. The Utes are 12.5 points shy of fifth-place Montana State, while Denver leads the field with 423.5 points.
"Congratulations to our women's team for an amazing, unselfish and smart performance this weekend," Utah Head Alpine coach Jaka Korencan said. "[Kobal] was just outstanding today. She made a few mistakes in the first run, but had an awesome second run. She is making a quick switch from a speed to a tech specialist. It is so rewarding to see that.
In the first slalom race of the season, Kobal took second place for the first podium finish of her Utah career. The Ljubljana, Slovenia native has finished in the top 20 in two of the first three races of the 2013 season.
"After the first run, I was sixth but I made a few mistakes and I knew I could do better," Kobal said. "I refocused for my second run, which was really good and I ended up second. My first college races were super fun and I am excited to see what the team can do in Winter Park."
Kristiina Rove followed Kobal and was the second Ute among the top 10 with an eighth-place effort. She has finished in the top 10 in each of the Utes' last two races. Unfortunately, junior Jaime Dupratt was disqualified during her first run.
"[Rove] also skied a very smart race and with two solid runs finished strong," Korencan said. "I am just so excited that both of our freshmen opened their college carriers so successfully and secured starting positions in the top 15 for the next races. [DuPratt] was disqualified after a very solid first run."
In the men's slalom race, junior Eian Sandvik led the way for the Utes with a 20th-place finish.
"Unfortunately, I cannot say the same for the men's team," Korencan said. "We just didn't show up. Everything that could go wrong went wrong from technical and tactical mistakes to equipment malfunction. We really have to refocus, forget about Eldora and move on. I am positive we can turn it around in the next couple of days in Winter Park."
The CU/Spencer Nelson Memorial Invitational continues this weekend with the 15/20-km Freestyle on Saturday and the 5/10-km Classical races on Sunday in Steamboat Springs, Colo.
Utah's Alpine squad kicks off the Denver Invitational with the giant slalom on Saturday in Winter Park, Colo., before the slalom races on Sunday.