Jan. 11, 2013
WINTER PARK, Colo -- It was the fourth event in five days for the University of New Mexico Alpine skiers as they competed in the giant slalom at the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association Qualifier on Friday. Senior Kate Williams and sophomore Michael Bansmer led the women's and men's teams, respectively.
The RMISA Alpine Qualifier is an NCAA qualification event and no team scores are kept, rather student-athletes' placings count toward nationals and seeding for NCAAs in March.
Williams, a native of Park City, Utah, clocked a total time of 2:08.88. Courtney Altringer, a freshman from Spokane, Wash., placed ninth with a 2:09.61. Altringer had an excellent first week of RMISA competition as she placed in the top-10 in all four meets this week.
Senior Mary Rachel Hostetter finished 15th (2:11.36). Denver's Kristine Haugen won the event with a total time of 2:05.54.
Bansmer led the UNM men, finishing 12th (2:10.10). He was followed closely by Joonas Rasanen who placed 14th (2:10.38).
Action continues tomorrow for both the Alpine and Nordic teams as the Nordic portion of the University of Colorado/Spencer Nelson Memorial Invitational begins with a 15/20K mass start freestyle race in Steamboat Springs, Colo. New Mexico is in third place entering the second half of the meet as the Alpine tallied 401 points in their two days in Eldora, Colo.
The Alpine team will stay in Winter Park and begin the University of Denver Invitational with the giant slalom.
RMISA Qualifier (GS) Results
MEN: 12. Michael Bansmer (2:10.10); 14. Joonas Rasanen (2:10.38); 26. Mark Miller (2:15.05); 28. Juho-Pekka Penttinen (2:16.52). Sean Horner did not finish the first run. Chris Acosta did not finish the second run. Chriss Salbu did not start the second run.