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UTE SKIERS SHOW JUST HOW GOOD THEY ARE AT HAYS RACE

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Skiers wrapped up the Eric Hays Memorial, the first major race of the season, on Monday.

Final events will be a men's slalom and a women's giant slalom.In Sunday's races, the University of Utah showed just how good it is and how much better it may be, soon.

In the men's slalom, the Utes went 1-2-3-4-5, before letting Snowbird racer Brian Menzies break into the top 8.

First was Mike Elvidge, a freshman from Wakefield, Quebec, with a combined time of one minute, 36.15 seconds, followed by his older brother, Mark, in 1:38.00. Jemel Breska was third, Andrew Hare was fourth and Jason Taylor was fifth.

Over on the GS hill, Benedicta Johansen, skiing as an independent, walked away with first place. She beat runner-up Heather Walker of Snowbird, by more than three seconds - 2:09.45 to 2:13.06.

Johansen, from Norway, has applied to join her brother, Einar, on the Utah team. Coach Pat Miller is waiting for the school and the NCAA to review records before officially posting her name on the Utes' start order.

Third in the women's race was Petra Pirc of Utah, fourth was Megan Karnop, of Snowbird, and fifth was Trisha Lowerre of Park City.

Utah is currently ranked No. 2 behind the University of Vermont in a college skiing poll by Ski Racing International. Vermont collected five first-place votes for 119 points, while Utah got two for 102.

In the first race of the Utah Winter Games, the Nor-Am Freestyle at Snowbird, Salt Lake's Minna Karhu place first in the women's event and Yugo Tsukita of Japan, won the men's. Karhu, although living in Salt Lake, is a member of Finland's World Cup Team.

In the men's, Mickey Price of Bozeman, placed second and Mike Hilb of Vail, was third. In the women's event, Rachael Savitt was third and Heather Ning was third. Both are from Evergreen, Colo.

Park City's Harold Ehnbom was eighth and Todd Schirman finished 10 in the men's event.