Lobos Finish Sixth at NCAAs
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Release:  03/09/2013

March 9, 2013

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Rasanen is Slalom National Champion - March 8

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Sophomore Mats Rudin Resaland earned his second All-America honor and led the University of New Mexico with a sixth-place finish in the men's 20K mass start freestyle race on Saturday, the final day of the 2013 NCAA Skiing Championships. The Lobos finish sixth overall with 576 points. It's UNM's 30th-straight top-10 finish at nationals.

Colorado posted the biggest final-day comeback in the history of the NCAA Skiing Championships, shining in the Nordic mass start freestyle races to earn its 18th national title under NCAA jurisdiction and 19th total as the Buffalo women took the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) crown in 1982.

CU overturned Vermont's 54-point advantage on the last of four days of competition, finishing with 708 points. Utah rode a dominant men's Nordic performance to finish second with 665 points while Vermont slumped to third with 653. Denver (629 points) took fourth and Dartmouth (594) edged New Mexico (576) for fifth in the 21-team field.

Resaland skied his way to Second Team All-America honors as he placed sixth with a time of 50:16.7. It was a tight race throughout with more than 25 skiers in the leader pack after the third of four 5K laps. The top 10 skiers in the men's race finished within nine seconds of each other, and the top five finished within 3.3 seconds.

Junior Christian Otto finished 19th and posted a time of 51:03.3 and sophomore Sjur Prestsaeter was 35th (54:19.4).

It came down to a three-way sprint in the final straightaway with Miles Havlick of Utah beating out CU's Rune Oedegaard and Utes teammate Einar Ulsund to win in 50:13.4. Just one second separated the top three finishers.

On the women's side, sophomore Clara Chauvet again led the Lobos and just barely missed out on All-America honors as she finished 11th with a time of 39:52.6.

Anni Nord, also a sophomore, was next for UNM as she finished 19th with a time of 40:41.6. Linn Håvelsrud Klaesson completed the course in 41:05.3 and finished 26th, giving New Mexico's Nordic women a score of 64 points.

Colorado's Joanne Reid won the women's individual title, completing the course in 38:17.8. Fellow Buff Eliska Hajkova was the runner-up and finished in 38:44.6. Alaska-Anchorage's Marine Dusser rounded out the top three with a time of 38:45.0.

2013 Lobo All-Americans

Chris Acosta - First Team, Giant Slalom (4th) | Second Team, Slalom (T8th)
Joonas Rasanen - First Team, Slalom (1st)
Mateja Robnik - Second Team, Slalom (9th)
Mats Rudin Resaland - First Team, 10K Classic (2nd) | Second Team, 20K Freestyle (6th)