Kaas Wins Again, Hemmingsson And Brenna Also Win At Montana State Invitational
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  01/16/2010
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Jan. 16, 2010

BIG SKY/BOHART RANCH, Mont. --- Three University of New Mexico skiers earned wins on the second day of the Montana State Invitational. Junior Martin Kaas earned his second win in two days with the victory in the men's freestyle race. Senior Malin Hemmingsson became the second Lobo in two days to win the women's giant slalom in Big Sky, while sophomore Petter Brenna picked up his first win of the season in men's giant slalom. The wins give the Lobos 150 points toward the team total of 631 points after six events.

Brenna's win ties him with former Lobo All-Americans Stefan Lanzier (1997-99), Lars Loeseth (2004-07) and Tor Fodnesbergene (2006-08) for the most men's Alpine career wins in UNM history with six. Brenna set a new season record as a rookie in 2009 with five wins.

Hemmingsson's win, along with last week's slalom win at Utah, moves her into second place on the Lobo women's Alpine career wins list with seven over three-plus seasons. Former Lobo All-American Agneta Hjorth (1992-95) owns the record with 15, including a season record eight wins in 1992.

For Kaas, it was his second win in two days and his first career wins as a Lobo in classic and freestyle. Kaas is one of only four Lobo men to win a classic race in a UNM uniform.

The Lobos stayed in second place, just 60 points behind the leader Colorado, with 10 top-15 finishes over the day's four events.

The Montana State Invitational wraps up on Sunday with the men's and women's slalom races in Big Sky. The Nordic team moves on to Soldier Hollow, Utah, for the final four events of the Utah Invitational.

Montana State Invitational (through 6 events)
1. Colorado, 691 points; 2. New Mexico, 631; 3. Denver, 611; 4. Utah, 539; 5. Alaska-Anchorage, 526; 6. Montana State, 463; 7. Nevada, 445

New Mexico Finishes

Men's Giant Slalom
1. Petter Brenna, 1:43.8; 5. Thomas Schwab, 1:44.8; 14. Chris Acosta, 1:45.7; 23. Olivier Lacaille, 1:46.9; 33. Chriss Salbu, 1:49.2; 35. Gary Beresford, 1:50.6

Women's Giant Slalom
1. Malin Hemmingsson, 1:46.9; 6. Anne Cecilie Brusletto, 1:47.9; 8. Stefanie Demetz, 1:48.9; 17. Kate Williams, 1:49.9

Men's 10K Freestyle
1. Eivind Solberg, 29:03.38

Women's 5K Freestyle
3. Linn Klaesson, 14:50.65; 26. Ingrid Leask, 16:01.48

Men's 15K Classic
1. Eivind Solberg, 50:20.33

Women's 10K Classic
4. Linn Klaesson, 35:09.38; 21. Ingrid Leask, 37:20.45

RMISA Qualifier

Men's Giant Slalom
3. Petter Brenna, 1:46.55; 4. Thomas Schwab, 1:46.80; 6. Chriss Salbu, 1:47.16; 15. Chris Acosta, 1:48.21; 17. Olivier Lacaille, 1:48.33; 66. Gary Beresford, 1:56.08

Women's Giant Slalom
1. Anne Cecilie Brusletto, 1:49.65; 6. Stefanie Demetz, 1:50.93; 9. Malin Hemmingsson, 1:51.42; 14. Kate Williams, 1:52.39; DNF (2nd run) Jacqueline Hangl