Jan. 15, 2010
BOHART RANCH, Mont. --- The University of New Mexico Nordic skiers made a strong showing in the classical races on Day One of the Montana State Invitational today. Junior Martin Kaas won the men's 15-kilometer classic race, his first UNM career victory, to set the pace for the meet. The Lobos picked up five Top-15 finishes to start the 8-event meet in second place with 203 points, just 42 points behind classical team winner Colorado with 245 points.
Kaas edged out Colorado's Matthew Gleso by 23 seconds for the win in a time of 42:34.01. Junior Eivind Solberg placed 28th after joining the team last week.
"Martin skied a very smart race, following a pair of CU skiers for two laps, before pulling ahead in the third lap for the victory" said UNM head coach Fredrik Landstedt. "Simon also had a great classic race and Tor-Hakon battled through some asthma issues to finish the race after considering not starting at all."
Senior Linn Klaesson made a strong collegiate debut with a 14th-place finish, followed by sophomore Ingrid Leask in 21st for the final women's points.
"Polina had a very good result even though it was not one of her top races," said Landstedt. "Linn skied a very smart race for her first college race, moving up as the race went along, while Ingrid finished with one of her better college results."
The Lobo Alpine team competed in a Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association (RMISA) giant slalom qualifier on Friday in Big Sky, Mont. Freshman Anne Cecilie Brusletto earned her first collegiate win, leading four Lobos to top-15 finishes in the women's race. Sophomore Stefanie Demetz placed sixth, followed by senior Malin Hemmingsson in ninth and freshman Kate Williams in 14th. The men placed five racers in the top-17, led by sophomore Petter Brenna in third. Junior Thomas Schwab was close behind in fourth and freshman Chriss Salbu in sixth. Freshman Chris Acosta placed 15th with senior Olivier Lacaille placing 17th.
The Lobos continue action on Saturday with the Nordic squad racing freestyle and the Alpine team doing another giant slalom race. The RMISA slalom qualifier will be held Feb. 21 in conjunction with the Nevada Invitational.
Other Lobo Skiing Notes:
* On Thursday, the RMISA announced Skiers of the Meet for the Alpine portion of the Utah Invitational. Lobos Malin Hemmingsson and Petter Brenna earned the honor in the first week of the season. Once a skier has earned the honor, they are no longer eligible for Skier of the Meet honors the rest of the season.
Montana State Invitational (through 2 events)
1. Colorado, 245 points; 2. New Mexico, 203; 3. Denver, 190; 4. Alaska-Anchorage, 186; 5. Montana State, 173; 6. Utah, 159; 7. Nevada, 146
New Mexico Finishes
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
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