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UTE SKIERS TAKE 2ND AT INVITATIONAL

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The University of Utah ski team recovered some on Sunday, a signal that once again the Utes are better classical skiers.

After two days of cross country in the Utah Invitational at the White Pine Touring Center, the Utes finished a close second to University of Alaska-Anchorage, 177.5 to 175. After the opening freestyle event on Saturday, the Utes were a distant third. They did much better in the classical race.The event will continue Thursday and Friday with alpine races at Park City.

Once again, the Utes' overall strength put them first. They won the 15K freestyle Saturday and the men's 10K race Sunday. Marcus Ekholm of Denver won the classical event, but Utah's Marcus Nash, Harvard Solbakken and Sten Grahn finished 2-3-4. The four were less than 11/2 minutes apart. Nash won Saturday's race.

In the women's race, Paivi Alkula of Anchorage won for the second day in a row. The Utah women's, however, came back from a 5th in the freestyle Saturday, to finish 2nd in the classical.

Utah's Ulrika Svenstedt was 5th, Eva Segerstedt was 7th and Ingvil Snofugl was 13th.