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Ute skiers in 3rd place at NCAAs

HANCOCK, Vt. — With Western Region schools dominating the first day of competition at the NCAA Skiing Championships, the University of Utah is in third place behind Denver in first and New Mexico in second.

Denver's lead was enhanced by a one-two-three finish in the men's 10-kilometer classical cross country event. Utah's Petter Svendsen and Pat Casey provided the Utes with their top performances, finishing fifth and sixth in the 10K. Torin Koos contributed a 22nd-place finish for the Utes.

In the women's 5-kilometer, Lene Pedersen finished 11th to be the top Utah finisher. Kristina Joder and Ingrid Anne Ingvoldstad finished in 25th and 26th place respectively.

Utah trails Denver by 73 points and New Mexico by 40. Competition was to resume on Thursday with the men's and women's giant slalom races.