Jan. 9, 2004
The University of New Mexico Ski Team is set to begin its 34th season of competition as a varsity sport on January 11th with the Alpine portion of the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association's Utah Invitational in Park City, Utah. George Brooks is the only head coach the Lobos have known since becoming a varsity sport, and he is looking for big things from his squad in 2004.
The Lobos are coming off back-to- back 4th place finishes at the NCAA Championships over the last two years and are picked fifth in the 2004 Ski Racing Magazine preseason coaches' poll. The Alpine team returns eight letter winners and adds three newcomers. The Nordic team adds seven former Lobos and brings in five newcomers to the team.
The Nordic team begins its collegiate competition on January 15 in the RMISA Nevada Invitational and will return for the Nordic leg of the Utah Invitational on January 23. This is due to the scheduling conflict with the U.S. Nationals that were held in Rumford, Maine, on January 1-7.
The Lobo Alpine team has been training in Park city Utah in preparation for the 2004 RMISA season. So far, senior Jennifer Delich ha had a pair of top-0 finished in FIS giant slalom races. Freshman Lars Loeseth has also had a top-10 in the slalom.
The lobos have been piked to finish fifth in the Ski Racing Magazine preseason coaches' poll.