Tomorrow, live updates of the freestyle event can be monitored on the website listed below.
Jan. 23, 2004
SOLDIER HOLLOW, Utah - The University of Utah ski team rebounds from a fourth-place finish at the Nevada Invitational and skies to third, after the first day of the nordic events of the Utah Invitational in Soldier Hollow, Utah.
With day three of this four day event wrapped up, New Mexico and Denver are seeded in first- and second-place, while Utah is a close third. The Buffs of Colorado snagged fourth and Alaska-Anchorage sits in fifth.
"We skied really fantastic as a team today," said Head Coach Kevin Sweeney. "The alpine team really set us up in a good position. I was really impressed with the team coming out and they skied really hard on a very demanding Olympic course. We are a young team with a lot of composure."
The men's cross country team finished the day tied for first with Denver in the 10-km classical event, with a combined score of 73.0 points. It was junior Henning Dybendal's time of 27:43.7 that earned him a first-place finish. Dybendal was last week's RMISA Skier of the Week.
Utah was also led by Daniel Sonntag, who skied to fifth with a time of 29:01.6. Freshman Casey Simons broke into the scoring to place 15th with a two-run time of 29:53.8. Junior Benjamin Sonntag was seconds behind Simons finishing 17th with a time of 29:59.4.
"Henning has demonstrated that he could be the best classical skier on the college circuit today," remarked Sweeney. "Daniel's fifth-place finish shows he is a contender and Casey has come in as a freshmen and produced great results."
The women's nordic squad pulled out another great day of skiing, placing second in the 5-km classical race with a 71.0 point total. Junior Jenny Hansson spearheaded the Utes attack, skiing to a fifth-place finish with a time of 16:19.0. Freshman Sandra Gredig made her mark placing seventh with a time of 16:34.4 and junior Barbro Hatlevik skied 12th with a two-run time of 16:55.6.
Tomorrow, the No. 1 ranked Utes will host the final day of the Utah Invitational in Soldier Hollow, Utah. Utah will compete in the 10/15-km freestyle races and these events will be conducted as a mass start.
"With the stage set and us in the hunt, this event might be one of the best collegiate races on an Olympic track this year," adds Sweeney.
Live updates and times for tomorrow's freestyle events can be accessed from the link below. Live stats brought to you by Summit Systems.
Utah Invitational Results:
1. New Mexico 429.0 2. Denver 416.0 3. Utah 412.0 4. Colorado 332.5 5. Alaska Anchorage 278.5 6. Montana State 223.5 7. Nevada 221.0 8. Western State 171.5 9. Whitman 136.0 10. Boise State 106.5