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UNM In 3rd At Colorado Invite; Lobos Win RMISA Alpine Qualifiers
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  01/16/2009
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Jan. 16, 2009

ELDORA/ASPEN, Colo. --- After the third day of competition, the University of New Mexico ski team moved into third place at the University of Colorado/Laura Sharpe Flood Memorial Invitational. The Lobos picked up 113 points to up their total to 395 points, dropping behind Denver (415) and host Colorado (413.5).

Sophomore Martin Kaas earned a career-high seventh-place finish in the men's 10-kilometer classical race at Aspen Valley Ski Club Trails to lead the Lobos with a time of 28:53.6. Sophomore Simon Reissmann finished 13th, followed closely by freshman Christoffer Callesen in 15th for the Lobos' points.

Junior Polina Ermoshina was in second place in the women's 5-kilometer classical race, but finished in ninth after a fall during the race. Her time of 16:46.8 led the Lobos. Senior Melanie Zemp placed 14th, while freshmen Ingrid Leask and Svenja Niemeier placed 21st and 29th, respectively.

The Lobos wrap up the Colorado Invitational on Saturday with the Nordic freestyle races at Owl Creek Chase at the Snowmass Cross Country Center in Aspen, Colo.

The Lobo Alpine team competed in an RMISA Qualifier for individual NCAA points in the slalom at Eldora Ski Resort on Friday. An RMISA Qualifier in giant slalom will take place on Feb. 7 in Winter Park following the Denver Invitational on Feb. 5-6.

The men's squad had a spectacular day with 1-2 finishes by freshmen Petter Brenna and Nikolai Herlofson Finne. Brenna won his third race of the season with a time of 1:40.80. Finne recorded his best slalom finish of the season, so far, just behind Brenna with a time of 1:41.34. Sophomore Thomas Schwab picked up the third set of points for the Lobos in ninth place with a time of 1:44.40. Junior Olivier Lacaille placed 25th.

The women had a rough day with only one skier earning points. Sophomore Estelle Pecherand-Charmet won the slalom qualifier with a time of 1:38.33, the second slalom of her short UNM career, and 30 points for the Lobos. Freshmen Jacqueline Hangl and Stefanie Demetz were unable to finish their first runs, while junior Malin Hemmingsson and senior Karin Ohlin did not finish their second runs.

Colorado/Laura Sharpe Flood Memorial Invitational Standings - through 6 events
1. Denver - 415
2. Colorado - 413.5
3. New Mexico - 395
4. Utah - 368.5
5. Alaska-Anchorage - 341
6. Nevada - 323
7. Montana State - 256
8. Whitman - 128
9. Wyoming - 48

Individual Finishes
Men's 10K Classical
7. Martin Kaas - 28:53.6
13. Simon Reissmann - 29:21.0
15. Christoffer Callesen - 29:28.2
19. Tor-Hakon Hellebostad - 29:43.8
29. Casey Dyck- 31:29.6
30. Peter Landl - 32:01.4

Women's 5K Classical
9. Polina Ermoshina - 16:46.8
14. Melanie Zemp - 17:18.6
21. Ingrid Leask - 17:41.8
29. Svenja Niemeier - 18:40.6

RMISA Alpine Qualifier No. 1 - 2 events
1. Alaska-Anchorage - 136
2. Colorado - 129
3. Denver - 124
4. New Mexico - 112
5. Montana State - 102
6. Utah - 96
7. Nevada - 92
8. Whitman - 58

Individual Finishes
Men's Slalom
1. Petter Brenna - 1:40.80
2. Nikolai Herlofson Finne - 1:41.34
9. Thomas Schwab - 1:44.40
25. Olivier Lacaille - 2:24.21

Women's Slalom
1. Estelle Pecherand-Charmet - 1:38.33
DNF 1st Run - Jacqueline Hangl, Stefanie Demetz
DNF 2nd Run - Malin Hemmingsson, Karin Ohlin

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