Skiers Head to Jackson, Wyoming, for UAA Meet
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  01/11/2005
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Jan. 11, 2005

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The University of New Mexico ski team continues Rocky Mountain Ski Association competition when they travel to Jackson, Wyoming, for the University of Alaska-Anchorage meet. Racing begins on Thursday, January 13, with the men's and women's Alpine teams taking part in giant slalom competition. The Alpine teams will continue with slalom racing on Friday, January 14. The men's and women's Nordic teams will also hit the slopes on Friday. The women will race in a 5K Classic while the men will ski a 10K Classic. The meet concludes on Saturday, January 15, with the Nordic men completing a 15K freestyle race and the Nordic women skiing a 10K freestyle.

The Lobos are currently in fifth place in the RMISA after a slow start at the Utah Invitational last week. The Lobos have been training in Jackson, Wyoming, for last couple of days and are looking for improved performances this week. Denver leads the RMISA race with 568 points, followed by Utah (488), Colorado (486) and Alaska-Anchorage (452). The Lobos' 421 points keep them in the upper-half of the RMISA, but they will have some work to do to catch Denver in the regular season race. Montana State (373), Nevada (329), Western State (242), Whitman (191) and Boise State (66) round out the rest of the RMISA.

George Brooks is in his 35th season as the head coach of the Lobo ski team, which is coming off the most successful season of any program in UNM history. The Lobos won the 2004 NCAA Skiing Championship, the first national title in any sport at the University of New Mexico. The Lobos were picked third in Ski Racing Magazine's 2005 preseason top-10. UNM will host their home event at Taos and Red River, N.M., on February 11-12, 2005.

Alpine Notes
• The men's Alpine squad won the Giant Slalom team competition at the season-opening Utah Invitational. All for of the Lobo men - Peter Roering (4th), Lars Loeseth (6th), Alex Mach (8th) and Alexander Freberg (14th) - finished in the top-15 at Utah.

• Sophomore Alex Mach's 8th-place finish was a career-high.

• Mach was the only Lobo to finish the Slalom race at Utah, placing 18th.

• Junior Gladys Weidt had the best finish among the Alpine women in either the Slalom or Giant Slalom at Utah. She placed 11th in the women's slalom race.

• Junior All-American Kathrin Spendier had the best showing among the women in the Giant Slalom with her 12th-place showing.

• All four of the Lobo men are returning lettermen, including 2004 All-American juniors Peter Roering and Lars Loeseth.

• The women return four letterwinners, including 2004 All-Americans Helena Woodrow and Kathrin Spendier.

• Newcomers to the women's team include freshmen Lene Kaasa, Staci Rixford and Jessica Burns.

Nordic Notes

• The women's Nordic team posted second place finishes in both the freestyle and classic races at Utah.

• Junior All-American Trine Lundamo posted career-high second place finishes in both the women's classic and freestyle races at Utah.

• Senior Andrea Roberts also posted career highs with a seventh place finish in the classic and a sixth place showing the freestyle.

• The Lobo men were led by freshman Inge Kristofferson's pair of top-10's. He placed eighth in the classic and sixth in the freestyle at Utah.

• The women's team skied without top-returner and two-time All-American Martina Stursova. She is training with the Czech National Team and will rejoin the Lobos at the Denver meet on January 28-29.

• The men's team was also with out their top-returner, Geir-Endre Rogn. He did not ski at Utah due to an illness, but could be back for the Alaska-Anchorage meet this week.