Feb. 7, 2004
The University of New Mexico Ski Team won the New Mexico Invitational today behind another strong showing from their women's team. The women's Nordic team won the 5K Freestyle race behind junior Martina Sturaova's first place finish. The women's Alpine team took the Slalom event, led by senior Jennifer Delich's first win of the season. It is the second win of the season in Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association competition for the Lobos.
New Mexico has won two regular season races in the same season twice in school history, including last season, but has never won three events in one year.
The women's Alpine team dominated the race today behind a strong showing from Delich and the rest of the Lobos. Sophomore Kathrin Spendier placed fourth in the event while fellow sophomore Gladys Weidt finished fifth. Junior Helena Woodrow was the only other skier to compete for the Lobo women, recording a DNF in the race.
Stursova won her second race of the weekend, and the first freestyle race of her career. The Lobos also got a strong finish from sophomore Trine Lundamo who placed sixth. Junior Andrea Roberts finished off the Lobo scoring with a tenth place finish. Also racing for the Nordic women were juniors Lena Jensen (12th) and Pirkko Pulkkanen (24th), and sophomore Janelle Kinner (28th).
The men's Nordic team finished fourth in their 10K freestyle race, led by sophomore Geir-Endre Rogn's sixth place showing. Also scoring for the Lobos were freshmen Dirk Grimm (11th) and Jedd Yound (14th). Other Lobos racing for the men included senior Jacob Zehnder (17th) and freshman Jakub Hamr (24th).
The Alpine men's team had a solid performance today with a second place overall finish in the slalom. Freshman Lars Loeseth placed second, with fellow freshman Peter Roering finishing seventh. Sophomore Christian Jensen finished eighth in the event to round out the Lobo scoring. Also racing for the Lobos were sophomore Alexander Freberg (14th) and freshman Alex Mach (31st).
The Lobos finished with 590 points in the two-day competition. That was good enough to beat RMISA leader Denver (569), Colorado (535), and the preseason favorite to repeat as NCAA Champion, Utah (461). The Lobos now trail Denver by just 4.5 for the RMISA lead.
The Lobos next collegiate race will take place on February 20-21, 2004 at the University of Colorado. The first day of competition will have the Alpine team competing in giant slalom races at Lake Eldora, Colo., while the Nordic team will compete in 10/5K Classic races in Boulder, Colo. The second day of racing will have the Alpine team competing in slalom races with the Nordic team racing in the 15/10K Freestyle event.