March 11, 2005
The University of New Mexico ski team held on to fifth place following the slalom races today at the 2005 NCAA Championships in Stowe, Vermont. New Mexico has a three-day total of 407 points and trail Denver (551.5), Vermont (526), Dartmouth (465) and Utah (450).
The Lobo men placed sixth as a team in their race, scoring a total of 78 points. Vermont took the team title with 95 points. Sophomore Lars Loeseth earned his second All-American award with his seventh-place finish. His two-run time of 1:21.68 was over three seconds off the pace set by Dartmouth's David Chodounsky winning time of 1:18.12. Sophomore Peter Roering placed 20th in the race with a time of 1:26.39. Fellow sophomore Alex Mach placed 24th with a time of 1:37.22.
The Lobo women finished ninth as a team in their slalom race, earning 55 points. Denver won the women's team event with 98.5 total points. Junior Gladys Weidt earned her first All-American award with a ninth place finish. She posted a two-run time of 1:28.25. Middlebury's Megan Hughes won the event with a time of 1:25.39. Junior Kathrin Spendier was the only other Lobo racing in the women's slalom. Her time of 1:31.04 was good enough for 22nd place.
"We had a very good performance from Gladys," stated head coach George Brooks. "She had not skied well during the season, but she came through today with an All-American performance. She was the highlight of today's races. The men's alpine had a sub-standard day and didn't do as well as we had hoped. Lars earned another All-American honor, but overall we did not do as well as we thought we should. We've still got one more day and hopefully we can move into the top-3."
The Lobos will not repeat as national champions due to the big lead Denver has going into the final day. UNM will be fighting for their seventh-straight top-5 finish. They currently lead sixth-place Middlebury (319) by 88 points.
The 2005 NCAA Ski Championship concludes on Saturday, March 12 with the women's 15K Freestyle and the men's 20K Freestyle at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont.