Feb. 5, 2010
RED RIVER/TAOS, N.M. --- The University of New Mexico ski team is in first place after the first day of the Jade Enterprises/UNM Invitational. Polina Ermoshina, Martin Kaas and Petter Brenna won three of the four events, while six more Lobos put up top-10 finishes. UNM leads the meet with 470 points, 42 ahead of second-place Colorado.
The Nordic squad got the day off on the right foot at the Enchanted Forest Nordic Center in Red River. Kaas, a junior, won his fourth race of the season and third consecutive classic race of the season. Newcomer Pierre Niess was just six second behind in second place, followed eight seconds later by senior Tor-Hakon Hellebostad in sixth place for 138 points.
Ermoshina, a senior and the national classic runner-up for the past two years, won the second classic race of her career in her final home meet. The women's Nordic squad finished second in the event with 109 points thanks to career-best finishes by freshman Linn Klaesson in 13th and sophomore Ingrid Leask in 21st.
The Alpine squad followed up with the men's squad winning and the women in second in the giant slalom races. Brenna, a sophomore, earned the seventh win of his Lobo career, taking over first place on the UNM men's Alpine career wins list. Junior Thomas Schwab was just tenths of a second behind Brenna in second place. Senior Olivier Lacaille recorded a career-best 10th-place finish in giant slalom to give UNM the event win with 127 points.
It looked like the Lobo women might lose a step with the season-ending injury to sophomore Stefanie Demetz last week during training. But the four remaining women's Alpine skiers stayed the course, taking second in the giant slalom with 107 points. Freshman Anne Cecilie Brusletto, who spent last weekend skiing World Cup, placed second in the event, while senior Malin Hemmingsson placed seventh and freshman Kate Williams placed 20th.
The Jade Enterprises/UNM Invitational continues on Saturday with the Nordic freestyle races in Red River and the Alpine slalom races at Taos Ski Valley.
Jade Enterprises/New Mexico Invitational (after four events)
1. New Mexico, 470; 2. Colorado, 428; 3. Montana State, 363; 4. Utah, 362; 5. Denver, 349; 6. Nevada, 320; 7. Alaska-Anchorage, 292; 8. Wyoming, 103
University of New Mexico Finishes
Women's 5K Classic
1. Linn Klaesson, 18:38.9; 21. Ingrid Leask, 19:44.4
Men's 10K Classic
1. Eivind Solberg, 32:13.3