Feb. 6, 2010
RED RIVER/TAOS, N.M. --- The University of New Mexico ski team won the 2010 Jade Enterprises/UNM Invitational today with 961 points. Anne Cecilie Brusletto, Martin Kaas and Petter Brenna won three of the four events on Day 2, while seven more Lobos put up top-10 finishes. UNM out-paced the field by 160 points, ahead of second-place Colorado with 801.
The Nordic men squad pulled off an amazing 1-2-3-4 finish in the 10-kilometer freestyle. Kaas won his fifth race of the season and second freestyle race of the year, edging out senior Tor-Hakon Hellebostad by 0.4 seconds in second place. Freshman Pierre Niess placed third three second later with junior Simon Reissmann in fourth another 2.4 seconds later. The team earned a perfect 141 points.
On the women's side, senior Linn Klaesson and sophomore Ingrid Leask for 86 points.
The Alpine squad won the day in slalom races. Brenna, a sophomore, earned the eighth win of his Lobo career, after taking over first place on the UNM men's Alpine career wins list yesterday with a giant slalom win. Junior Thomas Schwab picked up a third-place finish and freshman Chris Acosta finished sixth to give UNM 131 points.
The Lobos will be off for two weeks before the University of Nevada Invitational, Feb. 19-20 in Reno.
Jade Enterprises/New Mexico Invitational (Final)
1. New Mexico, 961; 2. Colorado, 801; 3. Denver, 785; 4. Utah, 713; 5. Montana State, 694; 6. Nevada, 658; 7. Alaska-Anchorage, 573; 8. Wyoming, 208
University of New Mexico Finishes
Women's 10K Freestyle
4. Linn Klaesson, 33:35.1; 23. Ingrid Leask, 35:17.7
Men's 10K Freestyle
1. Eivind Solberg, 28:52.9
Women's 5K Classic
1. Linn Klaesson, 18:38.9; 21. Ingrid Leask, 19:44.4
Men's 10K Classic
1. Eivind Solberg, 32:13.3