Former Winter Sports Club athletes ski well for CU |

Former Winter Sports Club athletes ski well for CU

Led by strong finishes from former Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athletes, the University of Colorado ski team finished second at the Alaska Invitational.

The University of Denver, the top-ranked team in the country, won the meet with 555 points. CU, ranked second in the country, finished with 545 points. Utah was third, New Mexico was fourth, and host Alaska-Anchorage was fifth.

The invitational was held in Park City, Utah, and coincided with the U.S. National Championships in cross country and other FIS Alpine races.

Buffaloes freshman Lisa Per—-ri–cone finished second in Wed–nesday’s slalom in a combined time of 1 minute, 32.31 seconds. She was fourth in Thursday’s giant slalom in 2:07.32. Team—-mate Lucie Zikova won the slalom, and CU skier Sabrina Mocellin won the giant slalom.

“We’ve got some great internal competition going on, when you have three girls fighting for the first spot, it’s hard to have a lower because the team can only win,” CU coach Richard Rokos said in a news release.

The men didn’t finish as high as the women, but they had positive results for the first collegiate invitational of the season.

Three Buffaloes finished in the top 11 in Wednesday’s giant slalom, including former Steam–boat athlete Joel Adams, who was 11th in 1:59.56. Adams is a sophomore on the CU team.

Former SSWSC athlete Pat Duran was 21st in 2:05.93.

More than 2 feet of fresh snow fell before Thursday’s slalom, making conditions difficult for the men’s field. Duran was 19th in 1:35.79. Adams did not ski his second run. Former SSWSC athlete and CU student Josh Bryan was 11th in 1:33.90.

Bryan skied independently while he waits for the NCAA Clearinghouse to grant him eligibility.

“It was pretty rough,” Rokos said about the conditions for the men’s slalom. “The new snow was relatively soft, and there were definitely some ruts that developed quickly.”

CU is back in action today for the two-day Montana State Invitational in Bozeman, Mont. The 2006 NCAA Skiing Championships will be in Steamboat from March 8 to 11. CU is the host school, and Howelsen Hill and the Steamboat Ski Area were selected as the host sites. The giant slalom will be at the ski area, and the slalom and Nordic races will be at Howelsen Hill.

— To reach Melinda Mawdsley, call 871-4208 or e-mail

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