BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. – The Utah women’s slalom team finished 1-3-4 to put the gauntlet down and take a commanding 37-point lead through three events of the University of Colorado/Spencer Nelson Memorial Invitational.
Originally scheduled for Sunday at Eldora, the races were rescheduled after being cancelled halfway through the men’s run there. Breckenridge’s Peak 10 Cimarron run played host to the make-up races with Wednesday’s women’s slalom and Thursday’s men’s slalom races.
Utah’s Julie Bordeau won the race with a two-run time of 1:34.91 and beat out Denver’s Sterling Grant by almost a second (1:35.80), knocking Grant out of the top spot for the first time in her career at DU. Utah’s Anna Kocken rounded out the podium in a time of 1:36.33, edging out her teammate Tii-Maria Romar by three-tenths of a second for the final podium spot. CU’s Carolina Nordh rounded out the top five in a time of 1:37.08.
Utah’s performance gave the Utes an impressive 136 points, just six away from the highest possible point total, and moved them from three points behind the host Buffaloes (239-236) entering the day to a commanding 37-point lead (371-334). New Mexico is in third place with 282 points, just four ahead of Denver’s 278, while Alaska Anchorage is also right there with 254 points. Montana State (213), Westminster College (202) and Colorado Mountain College (51) round out the team scoring.
The slalom race was the second women’s slalom race on the hill for the day, and the wear on the course was evidence by the fact that of the 35 RMISA skiers in the field, eight didn’t finish and seven more had to hike for one reason or another. In another rarity, the top non-scoring athlete finished in 17th place.