Rasanen Wins Slalom at CU/Spencer Nelson Memorial Invite
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  01/09/2013
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Jan. 9, 2013

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ELDORA, Colo. -- Sophomore Joonas Rasanen earned his first Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association victory on Wednesday as he took the top podium spot in the slalom at the University of Colorado/Spencer Nelson Memorial Invitational in Eldora, Colo. The sophomore was in second place after his first run (49.49 seconds) and clocked a 56.58 in his second run to secure the winning time of 1:46.07. It's his second podium finish and his fourth top-5 finish.

The UNM Alpiners scored 188 points in the slalom, enough to earn third place in the event. After the Alpine portion of the meet, the Lobos have 401 points and sit in third place overall. Denver maintains its spot in first with 423.5 points while host Colorado used a complete women's slalom score to surpass the Lobos and take over the No. 2 spot with 417 points.

Sophomore Sean Horner and junior Juho-Pekka Penttinen placed seventh and ninth, respectively, to give the men's team 116 points. It was an RMISA career-high place for Horner and the eighth top-10 finish for Penttinen.

"On the guys' first run, over half of our guys went out," Alpine head coach Joe Downing said. ""It wasn't so much that it was slippery, it was just a different kind of course set. A lot of people go out on certain kinds of sets while some sets are a little more forgiving.

"We had three guys, though, that did great. Joonas with the victory was wonderful. We had two other guys step up huge to score points for the team. That was really important for us."

The Lobo women had two place in the top 10 for a score of 72 points. Senior Mary Rachel Hostetter finished an RMISA career-best fourth place while freshman Courtney Altringer placed ninth (2:03.80).

"On the women's side, Kate and A.C. went out on the first run, but both Courtney and M.R. stepped up on the second run and moved up in position so that was awesome," Downing said.

Hostetter posted a 1:02.36 on her first run, putting her in eighth place. She dropped nearly four seconds on her second run (58.21) to finish in fourth. Altringer was in 17th after completing the first run in 1:05.62. She shaved 7.44 seconds off run two to secure her third-consecutive RMISA top 10 finish in as many days. The Spokane, Wash., native finished sixth in the RMISA Alpine Qualifier (GS) on Monday and was fourth on Tuesday in the giant slalom.

"I think we held our ground today," Downing said. "We're still in there. It was a good day and having an individual win gives you some extra points for your team, which helps.

"I think we've got some work to do, but overall I can see the work that we've done has paid off. We've spent a lot of time in the gym and on the snow and the hard work these athletes have put in is showing."

The Alpine team has a one-day break from competition and will complete day two of the RMISA Alpine Qualifier (GS) on Friday, Jan. 11 in Winter Park, Colo.

The Nordic portion of the CU/Spencer Nelson Memorial Invite will be this weekend, Jan. 12-13.

CU/Spencer Nelson Memorial Invitational -- Day 2; Slalom

TEAM SCORES (Overall): 1. Denver, 423.5; 2. Colorado, 417; 3. New Mexico, 401; 4. Alaska Anchorage, 311; 5. Montana State, 300.5; 6. Utah, 288; 7. Westminster, 259; 8. Colorado Mountain College, 20; 9. Wyoming, 0

MEN: 1. Joonas Rasanen, 50 pts (1:46.07); 7. Sean Horner, 35 pts (1:48.43); 9. Juho-Pekka Penttinen, 31 pts (1:48.44). Michael Bansmer, Chriss Slabu, Mark Miller, Chris Acosta and Armin Triendl did not finish the first run.

WOMEN: 4. Mary Rachel Hostetter, 41 pts (2:00.46); 9. Courtney Altringer, 31 pts (2:03.80). Anne Cecilie Brusletto and Kate Williams did not finish the first run.