SKIING: At Steamboat Springs, Colo., freshman Thomas Zumbrunn hasn't needed much time to acclimate to his new surroundings. Zumbrunn followed a surprising showing in the men's GS Saturday with another standout performance Sunday in the men's slalom. The Meiringen, Switzerland, native finished second in only his second NCAA competition to lead the Utes to a fourth-place finish in the nine-team field. Chirine Njeim led the Utes in the women's slalom with a sixth-place finish. Mikaele Grassl placed 14th.
ADMINISTRATION: Beth Wolfgram, a registered/certified dietitian and strength and conditioning specialist, has been hired as Utah's sports nutritionist. Wolfgram has the same position with the Utah Jazz. She has worked in the wellness field for over 15 years in facilities around the United States, as well as England and Australia. In addition to her position on the athletics staff, she is an adjunct faculty member in the U.'s Division of Nutrition.
Wolfgram's responsibilities as Utah's sports nutritionist include working with coaches and athletes on nutrition issues as they relate to performance, nutrition counseling, ensuring NCAA guidelines are followed regarding supplements, and collaborating with facilities that provide food services to University of Utah student-athletes.
TRACK: The Utah women's track and field team begins its indoor season at the BYU Invitational Friday and Saturday at the Smith Field House. Action begins on Friday with the shot put, 20-pound weight throw and the long jump, with the remainder of the events beginning at noon on Saturday.
GYMNASTICS: Southern Utah gymnastics has been picked to finish first in the Western Athletic Conference by coaches in the preseason poll. The Thunderbirds finished second to Sacramento State at last year's WAC Championships.
"It is a great honor that the coaches think of us as that big of a threat," head coach Scott Bauman said. Southern Utah tied for first in the poll with Sacramento State (27 points each), but the Thunderbirds collected three first-place votes to the Hornets' one. Boise State and Utah State tied for third with 23 points and a first-place vote each. Cal-State Fullerton (14) and San Jose State (12) rounded out the poll.
SOCCER: Honors continue to come to members of the BYU women's soccer team. Senior keeper Erika Woodbury of Murrieta, Calif., earned second-team recognition from Top Drawer Soccer, while junior forward Katie Larkin of Draper received honorable mention. Woodbury is BYU's all-time leader in saves, shutouts and single-season shutouts. Larkin led the Cougars in 2007 with 15 goals.
Woodbury also earned first-team accolades on the 2007 NSCAA/adidas College Women Scholar All-West Region list along with senior midfielder Carolyn Swenson of Fruit Heights. Junior defender Jessica Harmon-Carter was named to the second team.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: The Weber State women's basketball game on Saturday, March 1, against Sacramento State, originally scheduled to start at 2 p.m., has been changed and will now begin at noon. The game is the Wildcats' final home game of the season.
Utah Valley State
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: For the second straight week and the fourth time this season, Robyn Fairbanks is the Division I Independent Player of the Week. It's the 12th time in her career she has earned the award. Fairbanks is currently second in the nation in scoring at 24.1 points per game. Last week, she led Utah Valley to wins over Gonzaga and Nevada and averaged 27.0 points and 11.3 rebounds per contest. She shot 55 percent (33-of-60) from the field and 5-of-8 from the three-point line. In a 94-73 win over Gonzaga, she finished with 29 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks and followed that up with a 28 point 13 rebound performance in a 65-56 win over Nevada. Fairbanks also became the first Utah Valley player to surpass 1,500 career points in the victory against Gonzaga.