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Skiers Finish Second at NCAA West Regionals
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/27/2005
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Feb. 27, 2005

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The University of New Mexico ski team finished in second place at the conclusion of the 2005 NCAA West Regionals in Bozeman, Mont., today. The Lobos' were led by a surprising performance by the men's Nordic team, who captured the men's 20K freestyle race. The women's Nordic team was also strong today, winning their 15K freestyle event. New Mexico totaled 530 points, 30 points off the pace set by Denver (560). Colorado finished third with 486.5 points, while Alaska-Anchorage placed fourth with 449.5 points.

Sophomore Dirk Grimm led the men's Nordic team to 84 points in the 20K freestyle by recording his first career win. Grimm edged Alaska-Anchorage's Kjetil Dammen by four seconds with a final time of 53:36.4. Junior Geir-Endre Rogn wrapped up a career-high third place finish, helping the Nordic men win their first event of the season. Freshman Inge Kristofferson placed fourth in the race, his second-highest finish of the year. Also racing for the menwas sophomore Jedd Young, who did not score but had a solid 14th place finish.

The Lobo women completed the Nordic sweep by scoring 74 points in their 15K freestyle race. Senior Martina Stursova placed second in the race, only the second time in six races she did not win. Senior Pirkko Pulkkanen recorded a career-high seventh place showing. Junior Trine Lundamo finished off the Lobos' scoring with her 10th place finish. Also racing for the women were senior Andrea Roberts (20th) and freshman Tiffany Callahan (27th).

The men's Alpine team placed third in the slalom with 57.5 points. Sophomore Alex Mach led UNM with a season-high seventh place finish. Sophomore Lars Loeseth recorded his fourth top-10 of the season, tying for ninth. Senior Alexander Freberg rounded out the Lobo scoring with a 22nd place finish. Sophomore Peter Roering also raced for UNM, placing 36th.

The women's Alpine team had only two skiers finish the course, led by junior Kathrin Spendier's 13th place finish. Senior Helena Woodrow placed 21st in the race, but both freshman Lene Kaasa and junior Gladys Weidt fell in the second run.

The Lobos will now turn their focus to the 2005 NCAA Championships in Stowe, Vt., that are set to begin on March 9. UNM will try to defend their first ever NCAA title from a year ago.

Women's 15K Freestyle
1. Mandy Kaempf, UAA, 43:54.7
2. Martina Stursova, UNM, 44:50.1
3. Muriele Huberli, CU, 45:40.1
4. Nicole DeYong, UAA, 45:42.9
5. Laura Valaas, Whit., 45:56.3
6. Bodil Ryste, DU, 46:08.3
7. Pirkko Pulkkanen, UNM, 46:09.3
8. Emily Robins, MSU, 46:09.9
9. Nicole Naef, Utah, 46:10.3
10. Trine Lundamo, UNM, 46:36.8
20. Andrea Roberts, UNM, 48:47.1
27. Tiffany Callahan, UNM, 50:28.0

Men's 20K Freestyle
1. Dirk Grimm, UNM, 53:36.4
2. Kjetil Dammen, UAA, 53:40.4
3. Geir Rogn, UNM, 53:41.1
4. Erling Christiansen, CU, 53:42.0
5. Inge Kristoffersen, UNM, 53:43.4
6. Haarvard Selseng, DU, 53:44.7
7. Henrik Hoye, CU, 53:50.8
8. Rene Reisshauer, DU, 53:56.9
9. John Stene, DU, 54:34.1
10. Zach Violett, UAA, 55:20.2
14. Jedd Young - UNM - 55:51.2

Men's Slalom
1. Luke Patterson, UNR, 1:37.60
2. David Lamb, DU, 1:38.09
3. David Duncan, UAA, 1:38.13
4. Cameron Barnes, UNR, 1:38.21
5. Hannes Zirknitzer, Whit., 1:38.33
6. Cory Harris, MSU, 1:38.50
7. Alex Mach, UNM, 1:38.82
8. Gregory Besse, 1:38.92
9. Lars Loeseth Sunde, UNM/Benjamin Thornhill, DU, 1:39.17
22. Alex Freberg, UNM , 1:45.79
36. Peter Roering, UNM, 2:07.09

Women's Slalom
1. Pia Rivelsrud - DU - 1:30.46
2. Lucie Zikova - CU - 1:30.55
3. Florence Roujas - DU - 1:31.07
4. Rachel Roosevelt - CU - 1:31.56
5. Quincy Young - UNR- 1:32.08
6. Erika Hogan - CU - 1:32.16
7. Rowena Bright - UU - 1:32.20
8. Kristin Taylor - CU - 1:32.22
9. April Mancuso - UU - 1:32.66
10. Margit Walter - BSC - 1:33.64
13. Kathrin Spendier - UNM - 1:34.80
21. Helena Woodrow - UNM - 1:41.06
Gladys Weidt - UNM - DNF
Lene Kaasa - UNM - DNF

2005 NCAA West Regional Final Standings
1. Denver - 560
2. New Mexico - 530
3. Colorado - 486.5
4. Alaska-Anchorage - 449.5
5. Utah - 406.5
6. Montana State - 354
7. Nevada - 334
8. Whitman - 237
9. Western State - 221.5
10. Boise State - 72

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