Jan. 11, 2010
PARK CITY, Utah --- The University of New Mexico ski team got the 2010 season off to a great start with five Top-6 finishes on the first day of the Utah Invitational in Park City. Sophomore Stefanie Demetz tied her UNM career-best finish with second place in the women's giant slalom in a combined time of 1:56.41, while sophomore Petter Brenna was the top Lobo finisher in the men's giant slalom in third place with a time of 1:56.74.
The Lobos are currently in first place after two events with 231 points. The women won the team giant slalom event with 125 points, while the men finished second in the event with 106 points.
Demetz was the first of four Lobos to finish in the Top-10 among collegiate racers. Senior Malin Hemmingsson placed fourth, followed by freshmen Anne Cecilie Brusletto and Kate Williams in sixth and tenth, respectively. Eva Huckova from Utah won the race on her home course with a 1:56.15.
Brenna was joined in the Top 10 by junior Thomas Schwab. Schwab tied his career-best UNM finish with a tie at fifth place with Shane Collins of Nevada. Denver's Seppi Stiegler won the men's race with a 1:56.44.
The Alpine portion of the Utah Invitational will wrap up on Tuesday with the men's and women's slalom races. The Nordic events will take place Jan. 22-23 in Soldier Hollow, Utah after the Montana State Invitational, Jan. 15-17.
Other Lobo ski news:
Senior Estelle Pecherand-Charmet will miss the 2010 season with a knee injury suffered during preseason training in December. Pecherand-Charmet was the NCAA national runner-up in women's slalom and giant slalom in 2009.
During preseason training, Lobo sophomore Petter Brenna earned six Top-10 finishes in NorAm Cup races. He won the men's slalom on Jan. 5 in Sunday River, Maine.
Former Lobo Kristina Strandberg placed 24th in the World Cup Ski Sprint in Rogla, Slovenia on Dec. 19, 2009. Strandberg, who was recently inducted in the UNM Hall of Honor, represented her native Sweden in the competition. Over the weekend, she competed in the Scandinavian Cup in Sweden, placing 8th in the classic competition and 9th in the skate. Up next for Strandberg is the Swedish Championships and her chance to qualify to represent Sweden in the Olympic games in Vancouver.
Utah Invitational Results (2 events)
1. New Mexico - 231 points; 2. Denver - 212; 3. Utah - 195; 4. Nevada - 189; 5. Colorado - 171; 6. Alaska-Anchorage - 161; 7. Montana State - 139