Jan. 12, 2010
PARK CITY, Utah --- University of New Mexico Alpine skier Malin Hemmingsson earned the fourth women's slalom win of her Lobo career today at the Utah Invitational in Park City. Hemmingsson is the defending NCAA champion in the event, winning the title twice in the past three seasons (2007, 2009). The senior from Ostersund, Sweden edged out Denver's Lindsay Cone by 0.13 seconds for first place and a winning time of 1:42.05.
Hemmingsson's win, combined with five more top-10 finishes by her teammates, keep the Lobos in first place at the Utah Invitational with 467 points, 44 points ahead of second place Denver. The Nordic portion of the event will take place Jan. 22-23 at Soldier Hollow, Utah.
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.
The women's squad won the slalom event, its second team win of the season. Sophomore Jacqueline Hangl tied for fourth place and freshman Kate Williams tied for sixth place to maximize the points for UNM.
The men's squad picked up three top-10 finishes, second as a team in the event. Sophomore Petter Brenna led the way in fourth place, just ahead of freshman Chriss Salbu in fifth place by 0. 27 seconds. Senior Olivier Lacaille was just 0.46 seconds behind Salbu in 10th place.
The Lobos return to action, along with the Nordic squad, on Jan. 15-17 at the Montana State Invitational in Big Sky, Mont. The MSU Invitational will be the first RMISA competition of the season for the Nordic squad.
Utah Invitational Results (4 events)
1. New Mexico - 467 points; 2. Denver - 423; 3. Utah - 378; 4. Colorado - 370; 5. Nevada - 344; 6. Alaska-Anchorage - 329; 7. Montana State - 291