Utah skiers second in New Mexico
February 27, 2016
Utah skier Julie Mohagen won her third-straight women’s slalom race as the Utah ski team closed out the New Mexico Invitational with a second-place finish on Sunday afternoon. Earning podium finishes in the men’s and women’s 5-kilometer freestyle races were Veronika Mayerhofer, Nick Hendrickson and Niklas Persson.
Mohagen has six podium finishes this year with three victories. Roni Remme finished fifth for her second-straight top-five finish. Chloe Fausa was 13th while Teagen Palmer did not finish.
In the men’s slalom, Joergen Brath was the top skier with a 14th-place run. Dominic Demschar placed 16th followed by Ty Sprock (25th), Endre Bjertness (26th) and Martin Grasic (29th).
Mayerhofer picked up her seventh podium finish of the season and her fourth second-place finish of the year in the women’s 5K race. Sloan Storey finished fourth, her fifth top-10 finish of the year, followed by Natalia Müller in sixth for her seventh top-10 run of the season. Josefin Nilsson was 19th on the day.
With a second-place finish, Hendrickson has finished on the podium in every men’s 5K freestyle race this year. Persson earned his fifth podium of the season with a third-place finish. Noé Bellet finished sixth for his fifth top-10 of the year with Kevin Bolger continuing his string of finishing in the top 10 in every race with a seventh-place run. Oscar Ivars tied for eighth. Tucker McCrerey was 24th.
Colorado won the meet behind a strong men’s slalom performance with 676 points. Utah was second with 646 points and was followed by Denver (595), host New Mexico (462) and Montana State (423). Utah was the top women’s team of the meet and the top Nordic team of the meet.
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"Overall I am extremely impressed with the entire group’s performance here in Red River," Utah Director of Skiing Kevin Sweeney said. "We are charging as a full squad — both alpine and Nordic — and it is really impressive to see, not only with the results and putting up consecutive podiums with really solid depth, but also the momentum and team camaraderie and spirit. It’s very infectious right now and I think the group is having a really good time, even though there is some really strong intersquad competition going on to see who is going to represent the team at the NCAA Championships. What is really nice to see is how healthy that competition is. Each athlete is pushing each other but also offering great support to their teammates.
"There are some areas of improvement I want to see — the men’s alpine team can definitely score better in the slalom event, and I think that can happen. We’re looking forward to Regionals in Vail. Overall, I am really excited how we came out of the blocks charging after the break we had in RMISA competition. I think the staff did an excellent job in preparation."
Utah is in action this weekend at the RMISA Championships/NCAA West Regional, hosted by Denver.
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