Jan. 13, 2009


Courtesy of Utah Athletics

ANCHORAGE - Eva Huckova won the women's giant slalom to lead Utah on the final day of the ski team's week in Alaska, closing out both the Seawolf Invitational and University of Alaska-Anchorage Invitational on Sunday afternoon.

Although Utah went into the final day of the Seawolf Invitational with the lead, the Utes finished second following the 10 and 15-km skate races. Utah had 538 points, finishing behind Alaska, which had 554 points. Colorado (514.5), Denver (506.5) and New Mexico (506.5) rounded out the top five.

Annelies Cook led the Utes in the women's 10-km skate with a fourth-place finish (32:38.6). Zoe Roy and Sara Schweiger were also in the top 10, with Roy placing ninth (33:30.2) and Schweiger crossing the line 10th (33:50.9). Devon Spika (18th - 34:48.0), Parker Tyler (22nd - 36:00.5) and Ingvild Flatland (29th - 37:48.5) also raced for the Utes.

In the men's 15-km freestyle, Didrik Smith paced Utah with an eighth-place run in 41:30.8. Ben Fick crossed the line 15th (42:23.3) and Rolf Figi placed 16th in 42:25.7. Ian Havlick was 24th (43:09.6), Tom Smith placed 25th (43:22.2) and Even Sletten rounded out the Utah skiers with a 28th-place run (43:45.4).

In the UAA Invite, Utah moved up a spot to fourth during the final races, the men's slalom and the women's giant slalom. Colorado won the meet with 542 points, followed by New Mexico (529.5), Alaska (529), Utah (492.5) and Denver (481).

Huckova, who won with a time of 1:47.11, led three Utah skiers in the top 10 in the women's GS. Chirine Njeim was sixth in 1:48.83 while Chelsea Laswell crossed the line eighth in 1:49.47. Sofia Smith was 19th for Utah (1:51.25).

In the men's slalom, Hermann Lager tied for ninth with a time of 1:38.70. He was followed by Torjus Krogdahl in 12th (1:38.87), Scott Veenis in 14th (1:39.21) and Thomas Zumbrunn in 15th (1:39.42).

Utah has a quick turnaround, traveling to Colorado on Wednesday, Jan. 14, for the Colorado Invitational.