Moving up 10 spots apiece from their finishes in Saturday's giant slalom, first-year skiers Tim Bak and Liza Allen again posted the top Whitman times as the alpine portion of the University of Colorado Invitational concluded Sunday evening with slalom races at Howelsen Hill near Steamboat Springs, Colo.
Bak finished 31st in the men's slalom with a combined time of 1:28.67 for his two runs. Allen was 34th in the women's slalom with a clocking of 1:38.17.
As was the case in the women's giant slalom on Saturday, three Whitman sophomores finished close behind Allen in Sunday's event. Emily Baker was 35th in 1:39.76, Lucia Paciotti was 36th in 1:42.88, and Lauren Parsons was 38th in 1:43.84. The Missionary women scored 24 points in the slalom team scoring, finishing ninth but just eight points behind Western State College.
Whitman had one other competitor in the men's slalom. John David Davidson, a freshman, was 38th in 2:02.74. Bak and Davidson tallied 11 team points and also placed ninth.
Sweden's John Buchar, who competes for the University of Denver, won his second event in as many days, taking first in the slalom in 1:13.72. Switzerland's Thomas Zumbrunn, skiing for the University of Utah, was second in 1:13.
The University of Colorado's Lucie Zikova (Czech Republic) won the women's slalom in 1:23.48. The University of New Mexico's Malin Hemmingsson (Sweden) was the runner-up for a second straight day; her slalom time was 1:25.17.
In the invitational's combined alpine team scoring (men and women), the University of Colorado finished first with a two-day total of 278 points. Denver was second with 259 points, seven points ahead of third-place New Mexico. Whitman was in ninth place overall with 57 points.
The Nordic portion of the Colorado invitational is set for Jan. 19-20 at Snow Mountain Ranch near Winter Park, Colo. The invitational's final point totals will include the Nordic as well as the alpine results.