Skiers Finish Second at Alaska-Anchorage Invite
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  01/15/2005
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Jan. 15, 2005

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The University of New Mexico ski team surged into second place in the final day of the Alaska-Anchorage Invite in Jackson, Wyo., behind strong performance from the Nordic squads. New Mexico posted 493.5 points in the meet, a mark that trailed only Denver (541) in the overall standings.

New Mexico sat in third place overall with just the Nordic freestyle events left for today. The Lobo women got things started by winning their 10K race. Junior Trine Lundamo led UNM with a second-place showing. Seniors Andrea Roberts and Pirkko Pulkkanen rounded out the women's scoring with fifth and 11th place finishes, respectively. Roberts fifth place finish was a career-high in freestyle races. Freshman Tiffany Callahan also raced for UNM, placing 20th. The women picked up 75 points in their win.

The Lobo men posted a solid third place finish and recorded 65 points in the team standings of their 15K freestyle race. Freshman Inge Kristofferson placed third in the race, while sophomore Dirk Grimm had an eighth place showing. Finishing off the Lobo scoring was sophomore Jedd Young who posted a 19th place time. Junior All-American Geir-Endre Rogn has been fighting illness the last two weeks and did not finish the race.

The Lobos return to Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association action on January 28-29 at the Denver Invitational in Winter Park, Colo.

Overall Team Standings
Denver - 541
New Mexico - 493.5
Colorado - 487
Utah - 486
Alaska-Anchorage - 465.5
Nevada - 380
Montana State - 367
Western State - 256
Whitman - 135
Boise State - 44