Feb. 20, 2010
SODA SPRINGS/NORDEN, Calif. --- The No. 1-ranked New Mexico ski team got off to a rough start in the freestyle races on Saturday morning with some illness and injuries in the Nordic squad, but senior Malin Hemmingsson and the Alpine squad put together a solid showing to finish out the Nevada Invitational with a second-place finish. It is the fourth time in 2010 that the Lobos have finished first or second as a team in a Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association meet.
The Lobos finished the two-day, eight-event invitational with 834 points, 79.5 points behind No. 2-ranked Colorado. The top two teams in the country have two invitational wins each this season with the fifth and final regular season meet scheduled for Feb. 26-27 in Steamboat Springs, Colo., the Buffs's home course. Steamboat Springs also will be the site of the 2010 NCAA National Championships, March 10-13.
UNM picked up seven top-10 performances, led by Hemmingsson's win in the women's slalom after a poor giant slalom finish on Friday. It is her second slalom win of the season and sixth in her career, including two national titles in the event. The win today brings her career Alpine wins total to eight. But Hemmingsson wasn't alone in the top-5 as freshmen Anne Cecilie Brusletto and Kate Williams pushed through for fourth and fifth places. Except for an early season DNF by Brusletto, the trio has not finished out of the top-9 in the every RMISA slalom race so far this season.
Juniors Martin Kaas and Simon Reissmann earned second- and fifth-place finishes to pace the Lobos in the men's freestyle. Freshman Pierre Niess battled through back pain to round out the scoring in an uncharacteristic 18th place.
The Nordic women struggled through the freestyle race. Senior Linn Klaesson and sophomore Ingrid Leask placed 22nd and 28th, respectively, to round out the scoring.
The Alpine squad will stick around for one more day of racing in the RMISA Slalom Qualifier at Sugar Bowl Ski Area on Sunday, Feb. 21.
Nevada Invitational Team Standings (Final)
1. Colorado, 913.5; 2. New Mexico, 834; 3. Denver, 752; 4. Utah, 728.5; 5. Alaska-Anchorage, 701; 6. Montana State, 620.5; 7. Nevada, 583.5
New Mexico Individual Results
Women's Freestyle - 13. Linn Klaesson, 41:25.6; 28. Ingrid Leask, 44:19.0
Men's Freestyle - 2. Eivind Solberg, 48:16.8
Women's Classic - 2. Linn Klaesson, 14:38.3; 21. Ingrid Leask, 15:13.3
Men's Classic - 4. Eivind Solberg, 27:31.6; DNS - Tor-Hakon Hellebostad (ill)