BOZEMAN, Mont. and HUNTSVILLE, Utah — Utah Nordic skier Kevin Bolger won his second race of the season with a victory in the 10-km freestyle at the Montana State Invitational on Saturday, while the alpine team closed out the Utah Invitational with the mens and womens slalom races, finishing third overall. The Utes stand third at the Montana State Invite.
It was Bolgers second-straight race win after also winning last weeks sprint classic at the Utah Invite. The Utes had three skiers in the top 10 as Martin Bergstrm placed seventh and Martin Mikkelsen was 10th, their best career collegiate finishes after both struggled with illness last weekend. Oscar Ivars placed 14th while Jacob Engstrm was 22nd.
For the women, Merete Myrseth, also making her collegiate debut after illness last weekend, placed fourth with Guro Jordheim earning her second top five finish of the year with a fifth-place run. Natalia Meller finished 15th as Utahs third scorer while Leah Lange was 18th. Anna-Lena Heynen finished 36th with Josefin Nilsson 42nd.
Utah stands third at the MSU Invite with 448.5 points, trailing Colorado (504) and Denver (452). Montana State stands fourth (374.5) with New Mexico fifth (334).
In alpine, Julie Mohagen was Utahs top skier on a day where the Utes struggled. Mohagen finished eighth in the womens slalom for her second top-10 finish of the year. Chloe Fausa placed 16th while Abby Ghent was 25th with Lauren Samuels 29th. Roni Remme and Sabine Krautgasser did not finish.
In mens slalom, Joergen Brath earned his first top-10 finish of the year with a 10th-place run. Endre Bjertness placed 14th with Sasha Zaitsoff 21st and Ty Sprock 22nd. Martin Grasic and Sam Dupratt did not finish.
The Utes finished third overall at the Utah Invitational with 554 points behind meet winner Colorado (610) and Denver (601). New Mexico finished fourth (489) with Montana State fifth (450).
Action continues in both alpine and Nordic on Sunday, Jan. 14. The Utes hosts RMISA slalom qualifier races, which does not count towards any team scoring, but are used as an extra opportunity for skiers to earn qualification points for the NCAA Championships at the end of the season. Action is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. at Snowbasin Resort.