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Denver, Alaska-Anchorage win NCAA ski titles, Utah takes 1st place

March 7, 1997

STOWE, Vt. (AP) _ Roberta Pergher of Denver won her second consecutive slalom title and Izidor Jerman of Alaska-Anchorage captured the men’s slalom in the NCAA Division I Ski Championships on Friday.

The Utah women, who all finished in the top seven, propelled the defending champion Utes into first place in the overall team standings.

Heading into the fourth and final day Saturday, Utah led with 533 points. Colorado was second with 526 and host Vermont, the leader after the first two days, fell to third with 524.5.

Denver was fourth with 398 points and Alaska-Anchorage dropped one place to fifth with 371.

Pergher shook off a pulled back muscle suffered in the first run of the giant slalom Wednesday to defeat Utah’s Marianne Winge. Another Utah skier, three-time NCAA giant slalom champion Christl Hager, was third. Utah’s third skier, Tina Kavcic, finished seventh.

``We’re really happy,″ Hager said. ``We were falling behind and we knew we had to pick it up today, and we did.″

Pergher, who finished 33rd in the giant slalom, was unable to train Thursday.

``I was afraid I wouldn’t be ready,″ she said. ``But once I got on my skis, I knew I would be OK. I decided to go for it and ski as fast as I could, and it worked!″

Jerman gave Alaska-Anchorage its third title of the championships after the Seawolves swept the classical cross-country races Thursday.

A native of Slovenia, Jerman was competing in his first NCAA championship. He was second in the West regionals two weeks ago.

``Actually, the first run didn’t go as well, but I was still ahead by a tenth of a second,″ Jerman said. ``I had to really go for it on the second run. The organizers did a great job, taking off all of the new snow and making the remaining snow really hard.″

New Mexico’s Stefan Lanziner, who was second in the giant slalom. was second again. Brandon Dyksterhouse of Vermont, who won the giant slalom, was third.

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