Miles Havlick won his 10th career RMISA race on Friday at Soldier Hollow.
Feb. 8, 2013
MIDWAY, Utah - Senior Miles Havlick took home a victory, Einar Ulsund turned in a third-place finish, while Rose Kemp finished on the podium to lead the Ute ski team at its University of Utah Invitational on Friday at the Soldier Hollow Resort.
The Utes stand third in the team standings with a total of 624 points, which is nine points shy of runner-up Denver, while Colorado is leading the way with 662 points.
"It was an impressive day for the men and women in the classical event," Utah Director of Skiing Kevin Sweeney said. "Soldier Hollow staged a perfect race today and it was a real battle for each position. Hard-earned points have kept us in the hunt for the Invite win whilst securing very valuable individual NCAA Qualifying points. I am extremely pleased with the results we have put up so far, certainly including the excellent Alpine results. As a team, we are firing and in the hunt."
"Today was a great day for the Utes," Havlick said. "We know the Soldier Hollow course better than anyone else and it showed. Luckily, the snow held off and waxing was relatively straightforward but [Sweeney], [Utah Head Nordic coach] Abi [Holt], and Tom [Smith] did a great job being ready for anything. Big snows are forecast for tonight so tomorrow could be interesting, but hopefully we can all do it again in front of our home crowd!"
Havlick earned his 10th career victory in the men's 10-km Classical race and the fourth win of the year. The Boulder, Colo., native has been on the podium four times already this season and 24 times over his career.
"It's always a thrill to win the day on our home course, and I am extremely happy with today's results," Holt said. "Miles won another race; Rose [Kemp] and Einar [Ulsund] are establishing themselves as regulars on the podium; Sloan [Storey] consistently finishing in the top 10; Anna [Svendsen] and Niklas [Persson] rounded out our scorers with top 12s. This team is finding its form, and I hope we can keep the momentum going for the mass start skate race tomorrow."
Persson followed in 11th place for his fifth top-15 effort of the year, while Tucker McCrerey and Noe Bellet finished 18th and 19th place, respectively.
Kemp turned in her third podium effort of 2013 with a third-place finish to lead the Utes' women's Nordic skiers. The Boise, Idaho native has been in the top three five times during her racing career at Utah.
Storey joined Kemp in the top 10 with a sixth-place effort, her best finish of this season. Svendsen turned in a 12th place finish for her second performance among the top 15, while Parker Tyler rounded out the Ute effort with a 22nd-place finish.
The Utah Invitational concludes with the women's 15-km Freestyle tomorrow at 9 a.m., followed by the men's 20-km Freestyle at 10:30 a.m.
Live results will be available at summittiming.com.