Jan. 7, 2005
The University of New Mexico ski team raced to a fifth place overall finish at the conclusion of the Utah Invitational on Thursday. The Lobos scored 421 points in the first Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association meet of the 2005 season, and were over 100 points off the pace set by first-place Denver (568). Rounding out the top-5 were Colorado (488), Utah (486) and Alaska-Anchorage (452).
The Lobos struggled out of the gates, only scoring 13 points in the men's slalom and finishing eighth in the nine-team meet. Sophomore Alex Mach was the only Lobo to post a two-run time, placing 18th in the event. Senior Alexander Freberg and sophomore Peter Roering both fell during their first run while sophomore Lars Loeseth did not start his second run.
The women's Alpine squad placed fifth in their giant slalom competition. They were led by junior All-American Kathrin Spendier's 11th place time. Freshman Lene Kaasa posted a 17th-place finish while senior All-American Helena Woodrow came in 24th. Junior Jennifer Shively was the only other Lobo woman to post a time, finishing 38th. Both freshman Staci Rixford and junior Gladys Weidt did not finish their first run.
Lobo men's Nordic team continued to compete without their top returner, 2004 junior All-American Geir-Endre Rogn. However, the Lobos still managed to fight for a 5th-place finish. UNM was led by freshman Inge Kristofferson, who recorded an impressive 6th-place showing in the men's 10K classic. Sophomore Dirk Grimm skied to the 12th place time, while freshman Jedd You came in 33rd in the race.
The Lobo women's Nordic team had the best performance of the day, placing second in their 5K classic race. The women's Nordic team is also without their top returner, two-time All-American senior Martin Stursova. Stursova is training with the Czech Republic's national team and will rejoin the Lobos at the start of the spring semester. Junior Trine Lundamo placed second in the race to lead UNM. She finished second in both races at the Utah Invitational, both of which were career-highs for the 2004 All-American. Also impressive was senior Andrea Roberts' sixth place finish. It was her second top-10 of the Utah Invite and also her second career-high finish. Rounding out the Lobo scoring was Pirkko Pulkkanen's 13th place showing. Freshman Tiffany Callahan also raced for UNM, placing 21st in the meet.
The Lobos sit in fifth place overall after the opening RMISA meet. UNM will next travel to Jackson, Wyo., for the Alaska-Anchorage RMISA meet on Jan. 13-14.