Sophomore Tony Bozzio qualified for the 2003 NCAA Championships.
Jan. 20, 2004
The Ute cross country team will host the second half of the Utah Invitational at Soldier Hollow, Utah, Jan. 23-24. The 10-team event will consist of the 5/10-km classical and the 10/15-km freestyle.
Currently, New Mexico (287.0) and Denver (275.0) hold down the first- and second-place standings, followed by Utah (268.0) in third and Colorado (210.5) in fourth.
Friday will feature the women's classical race at 10:00 a.m., followed by the men at 11:00 a.m. Saturday's freestyle events will begin with the men skiing at 10:00 a.m., while the women will race at 11:00 a.m.
Defending NCAA champion Utah placed fourth last weekend at the Nevada Invitational. The Utes skied to a second-place standing on the opening day, but slipped to fourth after several unlucky mishaps in day two. Denver ended up placing first, followed by Colorado finishing second. The Lobos of New Mexico rounded out the top three.
Junior Henning Dybendal led the nordic squad, winning the classical event and placing second in the freestyle race. Newcomers Daniel and Benjamin Sonntag lifted the Utes, skiing to top 15 finishes throughout the two-day event.
Junior Ben Thornhill came up big for the Utes, skiing to two sixth-place finishes in both the slalom and giant slalom events. Will McDonald and Gaspar Perricone came away scoring in the top 25 during the invite.
Freshman Casey Simons was named to the U.S. Ski Team World Junior Championships team after torching the competition at the U.S. Nationals held in Rumford, Maine. The nordic skier earned this honor after several first-place finishes at the 2003 Junior Nationals.
Junior downhill skier Elisha Stephens will miss the rest of the season due to a knee injury she acquired during the slalom event at the Nevada Invitational.
2004 COACHES' PRESEASON RANKINGS:
1. University of Utah 176 2. University of Colorado 167 3. University of Denver 140 4. University of Vermont 137 5. University of New Mexico 132 6. University of Nevada-Reno 75 7. Dartmouth College 72 8. University of Alaska-Anchorage 60 9. Middlebury College 58 10. University of New Hampshire 13
The alpine team will travel to Taos, N.M., while the nordic squad will compete in Red River, N.M., as Utah skies in the New Mexico Invitational. This event will be held Feb. 6-7. Race times are TBA.