MSU Men, Women ski teams start successful season

The Montana State Nordic and Alpine ski teams began their seasons in two different locations. The Nordic teams started the season at the Utah Invite, competing in events from Jan. 7-15. The Cats completed the invitational sitting in seventh place before turning their attention to the Nordic portion of their home invitational at Bohart Ranch on Jan. 14-15.

The Bobcat Alpine skiing teams started the 2017 season with a strong showing at home. Montana State hosted nine different collegiate teams in the Montana State Invitational on Jan. 7-15. Multiple top 10 finishes helped propel the Cats to a fifth place finish overall, behind University of Colorado, University of Utah, University of Denver and University of New Mexico.

The Bobcats took a week off before travelling to Anchorage, Alaska to compete in the University of Alaska – Anchorage Invite. The UAA Invite runs from Jan. 25 – Feb. 12, with both alpine and nordic events. Despite tough conditions, the MSU Alpine team finished first in the Seawolf Invitational and put the Bobcats in a fourth overall spot in the UAA Invite. Junior Garret Driller won the slalom title and freshman Addison Dvoracek won the giant slalom ahead of three other Cats finishing in the top 10. Bobcat junior Benedicte Lyche finished fourth in the women’s slalom, finishing ahead of two other Cats finishing in the top ten.

“The conditions were rugged,” MSU Alpine Coach Kevin Francis said. “There were ruts and holes in the course and the snow condition ranged from slush to ice. I’m proud of our kids for the confidence they showed all week. Everyone made a contribution.”

The Bobcats continued to compete in the UAA Invite, racing in the Freestyle Sprint on Feb. 7 and finishing up with the Classic Mixed Relay on Feb. 8. The Bobcat nordic team will return to Anchorage for the Seawolf Invite, competing in the 5k and 10k Classical on Feb. 11 and the 5k and 10k Freestyle on Feb. 12. The Cats currently sit in fourth place with 271 points. University of Denver leads with 319 points, followed by University of Utah with 318 and University of New Mexico with 307.

The Bobcats will travel to Colorado on Feb. 24 to compete in the Rocky Mountain Interscholastic Skiing Association Championships and NCAA West Regionals.