Tague Thorson won the GS event to lead Utah Saturday
Jan. 13, 2007
PARK CITY, UTAH - The Skiin' Utes made a strong debut Saturday at the Utah Invitational. Racing on home snow under sunny skies, the Utes picked up a victory in the GS event and a pair of second place finishes in the Nordic events held Saturday at Soldier Hollow.
Leading the way for Utah was Tague Thorson, whose two-run time of 1:53:93 earned him the overall victory in the giant slalom. Kyle Kung also finished in the top 25, earning 22nd place with a time of 1:57.29.
"We're really confident about tomorrow," said Head Alpine Coach Jaka Korencan. "The conditions are going to be awesome and we should ski really well."
The Nordic skiers especially impressed, with the women's team ending the day in first place while the men trailed close behind in third, respectively. Snorri Einarrson, who finished second with a time of 23:43.8 in the men's 10K, led the men's team. Nipping at his heels were teammates Ben Fick (29:55.3, 8th) and Steve Scott (30:28.6, 12th).
The women finished Saturday's 5K with three skiers placing in the top 10. Sara Schweiger finished second with a time of 16:15.8, while Annalies Cook finished fifth at 16:54.1. Sarah MacCarthy also finished strong, placing 10th with a time of 17:05.4.
"We didn't have too many expectations coming in," noted Head Ski Coach Eli Brown. "We emphasized individual effort and I think it really worked out well for us."
Coach Brown feels confident heading into tomorrow's mass start races, saying, "I wouldn't be surprised if we ski as well again tomorrow."