Lobo Skiers Compete At Montana State Invitational
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  01/14/2010
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Jan. 14, 2010

  • Lobos At Montana State Invitational Meet Notes

    Up Next In UNM Skiing

    • Up Next ... The Lobos will be competing in the Montana State Invitational, Jan. 15-17. The Nordic squad will be seeing its first collegiate action of the season with the 10K women's and 15K men's classical races at 10 a.m. on Friday at Bohart Ranch in Bozeman. The Alpine squad will try to build on its strong performance at the Utah Invitational, starting with the RMISA Giant Slalom Qualifier, individual points only, at 9:45 a.m. at Big Sky' Tippy's Tumble.

    ALPINE: Big Sky, Montana (Tippy's Tumble)
    Friday: GS Qualifier - 1st Run - Women at 9:45 a.m., men to follow; 2nd Run at 1 p.m.
    Saturday: MSU Invitational - GS - Same Times
    Sunday: MSU Invitational - SL - Same Times

    NORDIC: Bozeman, Montana (Bohart Ranch)
    Friday: MSU Invitational - 10/15 K Classic - Women at 10 a.m., Men to follow
    Saturday: MSU Invitational - 5/10 Freestyle - Men at 10 a.m., Women to follow
    Sunday: Classic Sprint (Lindley Park - Bozeman, MT)

    • Utah Invitational, Part One ... The Alpine squad picked up where they left off at the 2009 NCAA Championships. The Lobos won the team Alpine title back in March in Bethel, Maine, led by now-senior Malin Hemmingsson's second national title in the three seasons ... The Lobos are currently in first place at the Utah Invitational with 467 points, 44 ahead of defending national champion Denver, after four of the eight events ... On Monday, Jan. 11, Hemmingsson and the rest of the Alpiners got 2010 off on the right foot with five top-6 finishes in the Utah giant slalom to take a quick team lead. Sophomore Stefanie Demetz, a 2009 All-American in GS, placed second, just ahead of Hemmingsson in fourth and newcomer Anne Cecilie Brusletto in sixth for the women. On the men's side, sophomore Petter Brenna picked up a third-place finish, while junior Thomas Schwab tied for fifth. Senior Olivier Lacaille picked up the remaining points for UNM in the GS at 17th place ... In the slalom competition on Tuesday, Jan. 12, in Park City, Hemmingsson earned her fourth career victory, while sophomore Jacqueline Hangl tied for fourth and newcomer Kate Williams tied for sixth. Williams, a freshman for the Lobos, was skiing on her home course. Brenna led the men with a fourth-place finish, followed quickly by freshman Chriss Salbu in fifth place. Lacaille picked up 10th place to give the Lobos six top-10 finishes in slalom.

    • Utah Invitational, Part Deux ... The Nordic portion of the Utah Invitational will be Jan. 22-23 in Soldier Hollow, Utah.

    • New Scoring System in 2010 ... The Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association has changed its scoring format for the 2010 season to match the NCAA Championships format. The scoring system is based on a 50-point system as opposed to a 30-point system used over the last few years. The new system is top-loaded, so the top finishers earn more points for their team than in previous seasons.

    • Overall Team Notes ... The Lobos are the defending RMISA champions and placed third at the 2009 NCAA National Championships in Maine.

    • Men's Alpine Notes ... Sophomore Petter Brenna set the UNM record for men's Alpine wins in a season with five in 2009. He is two wins away from setting a new career record. The UNM record of six career wins is held by Stefan Lanzier, Lars Loeseth and Tor Fodnesbergene ... Junior Thomas Schwab is in his first full season of training with the Lobos after fulfilling his Austrian Army duties over the past two years ... Senior Olivier Lacaille set a new mark with his 17th-place finish in the Utah GS on Jan. 11 ... Senior Gary Beresford made his first appearance on the slopes on Jan. 11 with a career-best 24th-place finish in Utah GS, after a knee injury sidelined his 2009 season last January ... Freshman Chriss Salbu had a strong slalom debut on Jan. 12 with a fifth-place finish at Utah.

    • Women's Alpine Notes ... Senior Malin Hemmingsson began defense of her 2009 NCAA women's slalom title with a win at the Utah Invitational on Jan 12 ... Sophomore Stefanie Demetz made her first podium trip of the season on Jan. 11 with a career-tying second-place finish in the Utah GS ... Sophomore Jacqueline Hangl got her 2010 season off to a good start with fourth-place tie in the slalom at Utah ... Freshman Anne Cecilie Brusletto cracked the top-10 on her first day of collegiate competition with a sixth-place finish in the Utah GS ... Freshman Kate Williams used home-slope advantage to pick up two top-10 finishes at Utah, 10th in GS and tied for sixth in slalom ... Senior Estelle Pecherand-Charmet will miss the 2009-10 season with a knee injury suffered in December. Pecherand-Charmet was the 2009 NCAA national runner-up in giant slalom and slalom, finishing 1-2 with Hemmingsson in the slalom.

    • Men's Nordic Notes ... Senior Eivind Solberg, who joined the team in January.

    • Women's Nordic Notes ... Senior Linn Klaesson in the 2010 season. Klaesson joined the team in January.

    2010 RMISA Skiers of the Meet

    2010 Individual Race Winners
    Jan. 12 Malin Hemmingsson - Utah Women's Slalom

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