Ute wins Boulder Mountain Tour
Utah skier Nick Hendrickson won the 34-kilometer Boulder Mountain Tour in Sun Valley, Idaho, on Saturday, while the Utes had four skiers earn podium finishes with nine skiers in the top seven.
With the NCAA schedule on hiatus through Feb. 20, the Utes took advantage of the Boulder Mountain Tour to get some competitive racing in.
Behind Hendrickson, Kevin Bolger finished third, followed by Oscar Ivars in fourth, Niklas Persson in fifth and Noé Bellet in sixth. Tucker McCrerey finished 11th.
Veronika Mayerhofer led the women with a second-place finish behind U.S. Ski Team member Caitlin Gregg. Sloan Storey finished third, followed by Natalia Müller in fourth. Josefin Nilsson finished seventh, with Anna-Lena Heynen crossing the finish 15th.
The Utes also competed in the Town Sprint event on Thursday, with Hendrickson and Mayerhofer taking first and Storey and Persson finishing second.
"The Utes have had a blast here in Sun Valley this weekend," Utah head Nordic coach Abi Holt said. "For the team, the timing of these races couldn’t have been better, as it falls right in the middle of our break from collegiate racing. We are here to stay fit and have some fun. Sun Valley knows how to put on great races, and the weather and racing conditions have been perfect, so the team is all smiles. The icing on the weekend has been some great results from the entire team, with big wins from Nick and Veronika, and podium finishes from Sloan, Kevin and Niklas. We’ll train tomorrow and then head back to Salt Lake for classes on Monday."
Also notable in the Boulder Mountain Tour was former Utah skier Torin Koos, who finished eighth overall. A three-time All-American at Utah, Koos was a four-time Olympian who won six U.S. sprint titles. Tom Smith, who competed at Utah from 2009-12, finished 10th.
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