Ben Thornhill will ski in the slalom tomorrow, after placing sixth in the giant slalom.
Jan. 15, 2004
DONNER SUMMIT, Calif. - The defending NCAA champion University of Utah skied to a second-place finish in the opening day of the Nevada Invitational, Thursday, Jan. 15. Utah (259) finished behind Denver (303), followed by Colorado (244) and New Mexico (240). Alaska-Anchorage (212) holds on to fifth, while host Nevada (210) rounded out sixth.
The men's cross country team headlined the pack tying for first with the Buffs of Colorado in the 10-km freestyle. The Ute squad finished the day with a 77 point total. Junior Henning Dybendal finished second in 23:59.5, while the newest addition to the team, Daniel Sonntag skied to a fourth-place finish with a time of 24:03.3. Newcomer Benjamin Sonntag placing 10th with a two-run time of 24:57.2.
"We opened up strong," said Head Coach Kevin Sweeney. "I'm very satisfied with the cross country team, especially the newcomers opening up. Henning, Daniel and Ben skied great and I was very impressed by their performances."
The women's team opened strong, skiing to a third-place finish in the 5-km freestyle with a 62 point total. Freshman Sandra Gredig edged out the competition finishing fifth in 13:43.3. Sophomore Jenny Hansson skied into the top-10 placing 10th with a time of 14:04.7. Junior and 2003 NCAA competitor Barbro Hatlevik completed the scoring participation skiing in 16th in 14:20.3.
"This is a really tight race," remarked Sweeney. "We had an awesome showing by the women's team. Sandra gave a great effort. Jenny and Barbro skied very well for the team."
In the women's GS, junior Rowena Hyldahl finished third with a two-run time of 2:04.17. Teammate April Mancuso skied fifth with a time of 2:04.73, while freshman Lauren Lattimer scored a 14th-place finish.
Tomorrow, Utah's cross country team is scheduled to race in the men's 20-km classical at 9:00 a.m. at Auburn Ski Club followed by the women's 15-km classical at 11:00 a.m. The alpine squad includes the men's slalom at 9:30 a.m. followed by the women at 10:45 a.m. with the second runs at 12:30 p.m. for the men and 1:45 p.m. for the women, at Sugar Bowl Ski Resort.
Nevada Invitational Results:
1. Denver 303.0 2. Utah 259.0 3. Colorado 244.0 4. New Mexico 240.0 5. Alaska Anchorage 213.0 6. Nevada 210.0 7. Montana State 128.0 8. Western State 112.0 9. Whitman College 88.0 10. Boise State 20.0