UU's Dupratt, WMC's Bruening Win GS Races At MSU, CU Leads After First Day

Sunday, January 8, 2017 • by Brooke Frederickson, RMISA

BIG SKY, Mont.—Utah's Sam Dupratt and Westminster's Ann-Kathrin Breuning won the giant slalom races to open the Montana State Invitational on Sunday, Jan. 8.

For the men, the podium remained the same for the second-straight race led by the first collegiate win from Utah's Sam Dupratt. Colorado swept the next three spots to take the race win with 102 points, as Ola Johnasen, Max Luukko and David Ketterer finished second, third and fourth. Utah and Montana State all placed three skiers in the top 10. The Bobcats had Morten Baake in fifth, Addison Dvoracek in sixth and Jeffrey Bell in ninth, while the Utes saw Endre Bjertness and Dominic Demschar place seventh and eighth, respectively. Utah tallied 88 race points while Montana State had 78.

Breuning won her second-straight giant slalom race of the year for the women. Colorado's Tonje Trulsrud earned her second-straight podium with a second-place finish while Denver's Kristine Aasberg placed third for her first career collegiate podium. Utah's Chloe Fausa gets fourth for the second-straight day. Denver led the race with three skiers in the top 10, with Tuva Norbye placing sixth and Andrea Komsic placing 10th for 82 points. Colorado had two in the top 10 as Nora Christensen placed ninth. Others in the top 10 were Montana State's Kari Hole in fifth, Alaska-Anchorage's Charley Field in seventh and New Mexico's Karoline Myklebust in eighth.

Colorado leads the MSU Invite with 176 points while Utah ranks second with 156.5 points and host MSU is third (139.5). Denver (131) and New Mexico (106) round out the top five.

The Montana State Invitational concludes on Monday, Jan. 9, with the men's and women's slalom. Follow at www.live-timing.com.

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