Ute Freshman Tague Thorson capped an amazing weekend Sunday
Jan. 14, 2007
PARK CITY, UTAH - Utah freshman Tague Thorson continued his fairy-tale weekend Sunday, winning the men's slalom event at Park City Mountain Resort with a time of 1:32.13. The Mahtomedi, Minn. native won yesterday's GS with a time of 1:53.93.
"He was pumping his fists and had a huge grin on his face as he crossed the line," said Head Ski Coach Eli Brown. "He's definitely excited."
The women's alpine team was also successful, boasting three top 20 finishers in the women's GS. Chirine Njeim, whose two-race time of 2:05.21 was good enough for fifth place, led the Utes. Close behind were Mikaela Grassl (2:06.20, 10th) and Kimberly Stephens (2:07.72, 19th).
On the Nordic side, races were momentarily postponed due to temperatures that dropped to -18 degrees at Soldier Hollow. The men's Nordic team raced to a fourth place finish in Sunday's 15K mass start. Leading the way was Snorri Einarsson, who finished fifth with a time of 42:49.2. Ben Fick's time of 43:42.6 earned him eighth place, and Even Sletten made the top 20 with a time of 45:00.0, finishing 18th. Fabian Figi led early in the race but suffered a nasty fall and was forced to withdraw. Head Coach Eli Brown said that Figi suffered no serious injuries and plans to join the team for next week's Montana State Invitational.
The women, who placed sixth in the women's 10K mass start, were led by Sara Schweiger, who placed seventh with a time of 34:38.7. Annalies Cook finished 11th with a time of 35:02.2. Sarah MacCarthy did not start Sunday's race due to fatigue but plans to compete in the Montana State Invitational.
"I think we had some pretty good results," said Coach Brown. "Getting Fabian and Sarah (MacCarthy) back will be big for us next week."
As a team, the Utes placed second with 537 points. Colorado won the event with a total of 552 points.