WINTER PARK, Colo. – On the strength of another solid women’s alpine performance, Utah remained in the lead at the Denver Invitational here at the conclusion of the alpine portion of the meet.
The Utes hold a 27-point advantage against second place Colorado, 456-429. It is almost an exact replica of last week’s CU Invitational, in which the Utes held a 29-point advantage against Colorado, 469-440, at the conclusion of the alpine events.
The men’s slalom action began the day and the host Pioneers show they are a force to be reckoned with, winning the race with 117 points, New Mexico (111) and Colorado (105).
DU place two skiers in the top four, including Trevor Philp’s second place finish in a time of 1:27.14, just slightly behind race winner Petter Brenna from Westminster (1:26.98). New Mexico’s Armin Triendl also found the podium in a time of 1:27.39, just ahead of DU’s Espen Lysdahl (1:27.55) while Colorado’s Fletcher McDonald rounded out the top five in a time of 1:27.73.
On the women’s side, Utah continued their dominance by finishing 1-4-7 to rack up 126 points, 15 off the maximum allowed. The Utah skiers were in 1-2-3 after the first run. Julie Bordeau finished well ahead of the field in a time of 1:28.43, almost a second-and-a-half ahead of Colorado’s Erika Ghent (1:29.70). New Mexico’s Stefanie Demetz also hit the podium in a time of 1:30.45 with Utah’s Tii-Maria Romar taking fourth (1:30.64) and Westminster’s Caroline Pernet rounding out the top five in a time of 1:30.89.